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Williams, Bernard 1929-2003

Works: 285 works in 1,447 publications in 8 languages and 40,209 library holdings
Genres: Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, win, Speaker, Creator, pre
Classifications: B1853.E5, 194
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Morality: an introduction to ethics by Bernard Williams( )

136 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 3,939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bernard Williams's remarkable essay on morality confronts the problems of writing moral philosophy, and offers a stimulating alternative to more systematic accounts that seem nevertheless to have left all the important issues somewhere off the page. Williams explains, analyzes and distinguishes a number of key positions, from the purely amoral to notions of subjective or relative morality, testing their coherence before going on to explore the nature of "goodness" in relation to responsibilities and choice, roles, standards, and human nature."--Publisher description (LoC)
Truth & truthfulness : an essay in genealogy by Bernard Williams( )

33 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to be truthful? What role does truth play in our lives? What do we lose if we reject truthfulness? Bernard Williams explores the value of truth and finds it to be both less and more than we might imagine
Utilitarianism and beyond by Amartya Sen( )

49 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 2,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utilitarianism considered both as a theory of personal morality and a theory of public choice
Philosophy as a humanistic discipline by Bernard Williams( )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of essays in metaphysics, ethics and related branches of philosophy by Bernard Williams, one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. Most essays were previously unpublished or relatively unaccessible. All of them are written with his distinctive rigour, imagination and depth
The sense of the past : essays in the history of philosophy by Bernard Williams( )

32 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 2,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of historical essays range from the 6th century BC to the 20th century AD, from Homer to Collingwood by way of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Nietzsche. This is the history of philosophy written philosophically. Insights into the past counteract blind acceptance of present assumptions
In the beginning was the deed : realism and moralism in political argument by Bernard Williams( )

34 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Williams had intended to weave these essays into a connected narrative on political philosophy with reflections on his own experience of postwar politics. Sadly he did not live to complete it, but this book brings together many of its components. Geoffrey Hawthorn has arranged the material to resemble as closely as possible William's original design and vision. He has provided both an introduction to William's political philosophy and a bibliography of his formal and informal writings on politics."--Jacket
Ethics and the limits of philosophy by Bernard Williams( Book )

69 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Bernard Williams delivers a sustained indictment of moral theory from Kant onward. His goal is nothing less than to reorient ethics toward the individual. He deals with the most thorny questions in contemporary philosophy and offers new ideas about issues such as relativism, objectivity, and the possibility of ethical knowledge. --
Descartes : the project of pure enquiry by Bernard Williams( Book )

81 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study in the history of philosophy rather than in the history of ideas. I use those labels to mark the distinction that the history of ideas is history before it is philosophy, while with the history of philosophy it is the other way round. In any worthwhile work of either sort, both concerns are likely to be represented, but there is a genuine distinction
Shame and necessity by Bernard Williams( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and French and held by 1,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author is a philosopher, but much of his book is directed to writers such as Homer and the tragedians, whom he discusses as poets and not just materials for philosophy. At the center of his study is the question of how we can understand Greek tragedy at all, when its world is so far from ours
Utilitarianism : for and against by J. J. C Smart( Book )

83 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title consists of two essays on utilitarianism, written from opposite points of view, by J.J.C. Smart and Bernard Williams. In the first part of the book, Professor Smart advocates a modern and sophisticated version of classical utilitarianism
On opera by Bernard Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lifelong opera lover, Bernard Williams's articles and essays, talks for the BBC, contributions to the Grove Dictionary of Opera, and program notes for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the English National Opera, generated a devoted following. This volume brings together these widely scattered and largely unobtainable pieces, including two that have not been previously published. It covers an engaging range of topics from Mozart to Wagner, including essays on specific operas by those composers as well as Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Debussy, Janacek, and Tippett. --From publisher's description
Concepts and categories : philosophical essays by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The goal of philosophy is always the same, to assist men to understand themselves and thus to operate in the open, not wildly in the dark."--Isaiah Berlin This volume of Isaiah Berlin's essays presents the sweep of his contributions to philosophy from his early participation in the debates surrounding logical positivism to his later work, which more evidently reflects his life-long interest in political theory, the history of ideas, and the philosophy of history. Here Berlin describes his view of the nature of philosophy, and of its main task: to uncover the various models and presuppositions--the concepts and categories--that men bring to their existence and that help form that existence. Throughout, his writing is informed by his intense consciousness of the plurality of values, the nature of historical understanding, and of the fragility of human freedom in the face of rigid dogma. This new edition adds a number of previously uncollected pieces that throw further light on Berlin's central philosophical concerns, and a revealing exchange of letters with the editor and Bernard Williams about the genesis of the book
Problems of the self; philosophical papers 1956-1972 by Bernard Williams( Book )

62 editions published between 1973 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A volume of philosophical studies, centred on problems of personal identity and extending to related topics in the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy
The practice of value by Joseph Raz( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Practice of Value explores the nature of value and its relation to the social and historical conditions under which human agents live. At the core of the book are the Tanner Lectures delivered at Berkeley in 2001 by Joseph Raz, who has been one of the leading figures in moral and legal philosophy since the 1970s. Raz argues that values depend importantly on social practices, but that we can make sense of this dependence without falling back on cultural relativism. In response, three eminent philosophers, Christine Korsgaard, Robert Pippin, and Bernard Williams, offer their own distinctive reflections on the connections between value and practice. The book begins with an introduction by Jay Wallace, setting the scene for what follows, and ends with a response from Raz to his commentators. The result is a fascinating debate, accessible to readers throughout and beyond philosophy, about the relations between human values and human life."--Publisher description
Moral luck : philosophical papers, 1973-1980 by Bernard Williams( Book )

45 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams. The book is a successor to Problems of the Self (CUP 1973), but whereas that volume dealt mainly with questions of personal identity, Moral Luck centres on questions of moral philosophy and the theory of rational action. That whole area has of course been strikingly reinvigorated over the last decade, and philosophers have both broadened and deepened their concerns in a way that now makes much earlier moral and political philosophy look sterile and trivial. Moral Luck contains a number of essays that have contributed influentially to this development. Among the recurring themes are the moral and philosophical limitations of utilitarianism, the notion of integrity, relativism, and problems of moral conflict and rational choice. The work presented here is marked by a high psychological reality. The volume will be a stimulating source of ideas and arguments for all philosophers and wide range of other readers. -- from back cover
Men of ideas by Bryan Magee( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen dialogues drawn from the highly acclaimed BBC series review the tenets and theories of moral philosophy, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science
British analytical philosophy by Bernard Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making sense of humanity and other philosophical papers, 1982-1993 by Bernard Williams( Book )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new volume of philosophical papers by Bernard Williams is divided into three sections: the first Action, Freedom, Responsibility, the second Philosophy, Evolution and the Human Sciences; in which appears the essay which gives the collection its title; and the third Ethics, which contains essays closely related to his 1983 book Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. Like the two earlier volumes of Williams's papers published by Cambridge University Press, Problems of the Self and Moral Luck, this volume will be welcomed by all readers with a serious interest in philosophy. It is published alongside a volume of essays on Williams's work, World, Mind, and Ethics: Essays on the Ethical Philosophy of Bernard Williams, edited by J.E.J. Altham and Ross Harrison, which provides a reappraisal of his work by other distinguished thinkers in the field
Plato by Bernard Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes the reader back to first principles, re-reading the key texts to reveal what the philosopher actually said
Meditations on first philosophy : with selections from the Objections and Replies by René Descartes( Book )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, is the most widely studied of all Descartes' writings. This authoritative translation by John Cottingham, taken from the much acclaimed three-volume Cambridge edition of the Philosophical Writings of Descartes, is based upon the best available texts and presents Descartes' central metaphysical writings in clear, readable modern English. As well as the complete text of the Meditations, the reader will find a thematic abridgement of the Objections and Replies (which were originally published with the Meditations) containing Descartes' replies to his critics. These extracts, specially selected for the present volume, indicate the main philosophical difficulties which occurred to Descartes' contemporaries and show how Descartes developed and clarified his arguments in response. This edition contains a new comprehensive introduction to Descartes' philosophy by John Cottingham and the classic introductory essay on the Meditations by Bernard Williams
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Utilitarianism and beyond
Truth & truthfulness : an essay in genealogyUtilitarianism and beyondPhilosophy as a humanistic disciplineThe sense of the past : essays in the history of philosophyIn the beginning was the deed : realism and moralism in political argumentEthics and the limits of philosophyDescartes : the project of pure enquiryShame and necessity
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Bernard Arthur Owen Williams

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Бернард Вільямс англійський філософ моралі

Уильямс, Бернард

ברנארד ויליאמס

ברנארד ויליאמס פילוסוף בריטי שפעל במאה ה-20

برنارد ویلیامز فیلسوف بریتانیایی

بيرنارد ويليامز

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버나드 윌리엄스

ウィリアムズ, バナード


伯纳德·威廉姆斯 英国哲学家


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