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Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes From the Ethics of Bernard Williams

Ulrike Heuer and Gerald Lang


This book comprises eleven chapters which engage with, or take their point of departure from, the influential work in moral and political philosophy of Bernard Williams (1929–2003). Various themes of Williams's work are explored and taken in new directions. The chapters are all concerned with Williams's work on the viability or wisdom of systematic moral theory, and his criticism, in particular, of moral theory's preoccupation with impartiality. Some chapters address Williams's work on moral luck, and his insistence that moral appraisals bear a disquieting sensitivity to various kinds of luck. ... More

Keywords: Bernard Williams, moral luck, non-identity problem, internalism, ethical concepts, ought, discrimination, interspecies relations, speciesism

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrike Heuer, editor
University of Leeds

Gerald Lang, editor
University of Leeds

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