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Williams, Bernard 1929-2003

Works: 309 works in 1,096 publications in 4 languages and 29,672 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Fiction 
Roles: Editor, Producer, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, Commentator, Speaker, Performer
Classifications: BJ1012, 170
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Morality an introduction to ethics by Bernard Williams( file )
76 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,546 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)
Ethics and the limits of philosophy by Bernard Williams( Book )
68 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,933 libraries worldwide
With a new foreword by Jonathan Lear'Remarkably lively and enjoyable ... It is a very rich book, containing excellent descriptions of a variety of moral theories, and innumerable and often witty observations on topics encountered on the way.' - Times Literary SupplementBernard Williams was one of the greatest philosophers of his generation. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy is not only widely acknowledged to be his most important book, but also hailed a contemporary classic of moral philosophy. Drawing on the ideas of the Greek philosophers, Williams reorients ethics away from a preoccupation wi
Utilitarianism and beyond by Amartya Sen( file )
29 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 1,907 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( file )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,565 libraries worldwide
What can--and what can't--philosophy do? What are its ethical risks--and its possible rewards? How does it differ from science? In Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline, Bernard Williams addresses these questions and presents a striking vision of philosophy as fundamentally different from science in its aims and methods even though there is still in philosophy "something that counts as getting it right." Written with his distinctive combination of rigor, imagination, depth, and humanism, the book amply demonstrates why Williams was one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. Spa
The sense of the past essays in the history of philosophy by Bernard Williams( file )
21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,528 libraries worldwide
Before his death in 2003, Bernard Williams planned to publish a collection of historical essays, focusing primarily on the ancient world. This posthumous volume brings together a much wider selection, written over some forty years. His legacy lives on in this masterful work, the first collection ever published of Williams's essays on the history of philosophy. The subjects range from the sixth century B.C. to the twentieth A.D., from Homer to Wittgenstein by way of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Sidgwick, Collingwood, and Nietzsche. Often one would be hard put to say which part i
In the beginning was the deed realism and moralism in political argument by Bernard Williams( file )
20 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,499 libraries worldwide
Bernard Williams is remembered as one of the most brilliant and original philosophers of the past fifty years. Widely respected as a moral philosopher, Williams began to write about politics in a sustained way in the early 1980s. There followed a stream of articles, lectures, and other major contributions to issues of public concern--all complemented by his many works on ethics, which have important implications for political theory. This new collection of essays, most of them previously unpublished, addresses many of the core subjects of political philosophy: justice, liberty, and equality; th
Shame and necessity by Bernard Williams( Book )
21 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,427 libraries worldwide
Descartes : the project of pure enquiry by Bernard Williams( Book )
43 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,412 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
Utilitarianism; for and against by J. J. C Smart( Book )
53 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,206 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
What about Bob? by Frank Oz( visu )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,138 libraries worldwide
Bob Wiley, a troubled but lovable therapy patient, seeks help from noted psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin. When the doctor leaves town to go on a quiet family vacation, Bob, afraid of being alone, follows--showing up unexpectedly at the therapist's lakeside retreat. Bob becomes the houseguest that just won't leave
Truth & truthfulness : an essay in genealogy by Bernard Williams( Book )
23 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,109 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
British analytical philosophy by Bernard Williams( Book )
33 editions published between 1966 and 1971 in English and held by 988 libraries worldwide
Problems of the self; philosophical papers 1956-1972 by Bernard Williams( Book )
44 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in English and held by 957 libraries worldwide
On opera by Bernard Williams( Book )
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 879 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
Moral luck : philosophical papers, 1973-1980 by Bernard Williams( Book )
31 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 856 libraries worldwide
The practice of value by Joseph Raz( Book )
19 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 829 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
Plato by Bernard Williams( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 623 libraries worldwide
Takes the reader back to first principles, re-reading the key texts to reveal what the philosopher actually said
Making sense of humanity and other philosophical papers, 1982-1993 by Bernard Williams( Book )
16 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 547 libraries worldwide
The gay science : with a prelude in rhymes and an appendix of songs by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 512 libraries worldwide
"Nietzsche wrote The Gay Science, which he later described as 'perhaps my most personal book', when he was at the height of his intellectual powers, and the reader will find in it an extensive and sophisticated treatment of the philosophical themes and views which were most central to Nietzche's own thought and which have been most influential on later thinkers. These include the death of God, the problem of nihilism, the role of truth, falsity and the will-to-truth in human life, the doctrine of the eternal recurrence, and the question of the proper attitude to adopt towards human suffering and towards achievement. This volume presents the work in a new translation by Josefine Nauckhoff, with a translation of the poems by Adrian Del Caro. An introduction by Bernard Willimas elucidates the work's main themes and discusses their continuing philosophical importance."--Jacket
Obscenity and film censorship : an abridgement of the Williams report by Great Britain( Book )
7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 485 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Bernard, William 1929-2003
William , Bernard Arthur Owen
Williams, B. A. O.
Williams, B. A. O. 1929-2003
Williams, B. A. O. (Bernard Arthur Owen)
Williams, Bernard.
Williams, Bernard 1929-
Williams Bernard 1929-2003
Williams, Bernard A. 1929-2003
Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen
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