Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline

ISBN-10: 069113409X

ISBN-13: 9780691134093

Edition: 2006

Authors: Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, A. W. Moore

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What can--and what can't--philosophy do? What are its ethical risks--and its possible rewards? How does it differ from science? InPhilosophy 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. Spanning his career from his first publication to one of his last lectures, the book's previously unpublished or uncollected essays address metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, as well as the scope and limits of philosophy itself. The essays are unified by Williams's constant concern that philosophy maintain contact with the human problems that animate it in the first place. As the book's editor, A. W. Moore, writes in his introduction, the title essay is "a kind of manifesto for Williams's conception of his own life's work." It is where he most directly asks "what philosophy can and cannot contribute to the project of making sense of things"--answering that what philosophy can best help make sense of is "being human." Philosophy as a Humanistic Disciplineis one of three posthumous books by Williams to be published by Princeton University Press.In the Beginning Was the Deed: Realism and Moralism in Political Argumentwas published in the fall of 2005.The Sense of the Past: Essays in the History of Philosophyis being published shortly after the present volume.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Metaphysics and Epistemology
Tertullian's Paradox (1955)
Metaphysical Arguments (1957)
Pleasure and Belief (1959)
Knowledge and Reasons (1972)
Identity and Identities (1995)
The Primacy of Dispositions (1987)
The Structure of Hare's Theory (1988)
Subjectivism and Toleration (1992)
The Actus Reus of Dr. Caligari (1994)
Values, Reasons, and the Theory of Persuasion (1996)
Moral Responsibility and Political Freedom (1997)
Tolerating the Intolerable (1999)
The Human Prejudice (unpublished)
The Scope and Limits of Philosophy
Political Philosophy and the Analytical Tradition (1980)
Philosophy and the Understanding of Ignorance (1995)
Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline (2000)
What Might Philosophy Become? (unpublished)
Bernard Williams: Complete Philosophical Publications
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