Moral Luck: Philosophical Papers 1973-1980

Moral Luck Philosophical Papers A new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams The book is a successor to Problems of the Self but whereas that volume dealt mainly with questions of personal identity Moral Luck centres o

  • Title: Moral Luck: Philosophical Papers 1973-1980
  • Author: Bernard Williams
  • ISBN: 9780521286916
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • A new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams The book is a successor to Problems of the Self, 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 deacde, and philosophers have botA new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams The book is a successor to Problems of the Self, 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 deacde, 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 degree of imagination and acuity, and also conveys a strong sense of psychological reality The volume will be a stimulating source of ideas and arguments for all philosophers and a wide range of other readers.

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    1. To anyone who has ever argument that morality is subjective, relative, or can be explained away by cultural norms, I give you Bernard. He is right and you are wrong.

    2. The notorious pessimist. Mark Jenkins had us read this in his 400 lvl moral philosophy class and juxtapose it with the work of Joseph Nagel. Both philosophers are phenomenal yet disparate - they compliment each other really well for discussion. For Williams, moral luck is, in part, a confrontation to Kant's rational categorical imperative. Much of the argument hinges around a hypothetical situation where someone accidentally, and by no fault of his own, kills a child. Kant says we should, ration [...]

    3. A wee bit technical for my taste, but in general quite striking thoughts for modern moral philosophy.

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