Reading Bernard Williams
Callcut (Daniel), Ed.
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  1. When Bernard Williams died in 2003, The Times newspaper hailed him as “the greatest moral philosopher of his generation.” This outstanding collection of specially commissioned new essays on Williams’ work will be essential reading for anyone interested in Williams, ethics and moral philosophy and philosophy in general.
  2. Reading Bernard Williams examines the astonishing scope of his philosophy from metaphysics and philosophy of mind to ethics, political philosophy and the history of philosophy.
  3. An international line-up of outstanding contributors conduct a wide-ranging discussion of the central aspects of Williams’ work, including:
    • Williams’ challenge to contemporary moral philosophy and his criticisms of “absolute” theories of morality
    • Reason and rationality
    • The good life
    • The emotions
    • Williams and the phenomenological tradition
    • Philosophical and political agency
    • Moral and political luck
    • Ethical relativism
  4. Contributors: Simon Blackburn; John Cottingham; Frances Ferguson; Joshua Gert; Peter Goldie; Charles Guignon; Sharon Krause; Christopher Kutz; Daniel Markovits; Elijah Millgram; Martha Nussbaum; and Carol Rovane.
  5. Daniel Callcut is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Florida. His doctoral thesis was titled Bernard Williams and the End of Morality (Johns Hopkins, 2003). He has since published a number of articles indebted to themes and ideas from Williams.

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