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Title:
Morality : an introduction to ethics
Author:
Williams, Bernard, 1929-2003.
Edition:
Canto edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1993]

©1993
Physical Description:
xxi, 97 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780521457293
Format :
Book

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Central Library BJ1012 .W535 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Bernard Williams's remarkable essay on morality confronts the problems of writing moral philosophy, and offers a stimulating alternative to more systematic accounts which seem nevertheless to have left all the important issues somewhere off the page. Williams explains, analyses 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. The final chapters make a fascinating enquiry into what morality is about, looking beyond happiness to other human aims and ideals. This re-issue of a classic in moral philosophy includes a new foreword by the author.


Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Canto edition
The amoralist
Subjectivism: first thoughts
Interlude: Relativism
Subjectivism: further thoughts
'Good'
Goodness and roles
Moral standards and the distinguishing mark of man
God, morality, and prudence
What is morality about?
Utilitiarianism

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