Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen (1929–2003)
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List of works
Williams, B.A.O. (1972) Morality, Harmondsworth: Penguin; repr. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
(Simple, introductory account, with useful treatments of subjectivism and amoralism.)
Smart, J.J.C. and Williams, B.A.O. (1973a) Utilitarianism: For and Against, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(Smart proposes and then Williams disposes of utilitarianism; fairly easily accessible; discussed in §4.)
Williams, B.A.O. (1973b) Problems of the Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(A selection of early papers, up to 1972; which contains the two papers discussed in §1 and the two discussed in §5.)
Williams, B.A.O.(1978) Descartes: The Project of Pure Enquiry, Harmondsworth: Penguin.
(Critical study of Descartes; moderately hard in places; the ‘absolute conception’ discussed in §5 appears on page 245 and elsewhere.)
Williams, B.A.O. (1981a) Obscenity and Film Censorship, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(Abridgement of the report mentioned in §1.)
Williams, B.A.O. (1981b) Moral Luck, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(Papers of 1973–80; collecting the most important of Williams’ papers on ethics, including the papers‘Moral Luck’ and ‘Internal and External Reasons’ discussed in §§2 and 3.)
Williams, B.A.O. (1985) Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, London: Fontana.
(Fairly accessible central account of ethical position, including contrast between ethics and science discussed in §5.)
Williams, B.A.O. (1993) Shame and Necessity, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
(Sather Classical lectures; on early Greek ethical thought and its modern resonances; fairly accessible; and says more on shame and on the voluntary.)
Williams, B.A.O. (1995) Making Sense of Humanity and Other Philosophical Papers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(Papers from 1982–93; contains the discussion of Sidgwick mentioned in §3.)
References and further reading
Altham, J.E.J. and Harrison, R. (1995) World, Mind, and Ethics: Essays on the Ethical Philosophy of Bernard Williams, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(Critical essays of varying difficulty.)
Citing this article:
Harrison, Ross and Edward Craig. Bibliography. Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen (1929–2003), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD090-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/williams-bernard-arthur-owen-1929-2003/v-1/bibliography/williams-bernard-arthur-owen-1929-2003-bib.
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