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

Hardcover | June 28, 2012

EditorUlrike Heuer, Gerald Lang

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Luck, Value, and Commitment comprises eleven new essays 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.In their essays, Brad Hooker, Philip Pettit, and Susan Wolf 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. David Enoch, Joseph Raz, and R. Jay Wallace addressWilliams's work on moral luck, and his insistence that moral appraisals bear a disquieting sensitivity to various kinds of luck. Wallace makes further connections between moral luck and the 'non-identity problem' in reproductive ethics.Michael Smith and Ulrike Heuer investigate Williams's defence of 'internalism' about reasons for action, which makes our reasons for action a function of our desires, projects, and psychological dispositions. Smith attempts to plug a gap in Williams's theory which is created by Williams's deferenceto imagination, while Heuer connects these issues to Williams's accommodation of 'thick' ethical concepts as a source of knowledge and action-guidingness. John Broome examines Williams's less-known work on the other central normative concept, 'ought'.Jonathan Dancy takes a look at Williams's work on moral epistemology and intuitionism, comparing and contrasting his work with that of John McDowell, and Gerald Lang explores Williams's work on equality, discrimination, and interspecies relations in order to reach the conclusion, similar toWilliams's, that 'speciesism' is very unlike racism or sexism.

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Luck, Value, and Commitment comprises eleven new essays 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.In their essays, Brad Hooker, Philip Pettit, and Susan Wolf ...

Ulrike Heuer is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Leeds University. Before coming to Leeds, she was an Assistant Professor in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and held visiting positions at the philosophy departments of Columbia University and Barnard College. In 2008-9, she was a faculty fellow at the Safr...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:June 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Preface2. Ulrike Heuer and Gerald Lang: IntroductionEthical Theory3. Brad Hooker: Theory versus Anti-Theory in Ethics4. Philip Pettit: The Inescapability of Consequentialism5. Susan Wolf: "One Thought Too Many": Love, Morality and the Ordering of CommitmentMoral Luck6. David Enoch: Being Responsible, Taking Responsibility, and Penumbral Agency'7. Joseph Raz: Agency and Luck8. R. Jay Wallace: Justification, Regret, and Moral Complaint: Looking Forward and Looking Backward on (and in) Human Life'Reasons and 'Ought'9. Michael Smith: A Puzzle about Internal Reasons10. Ulrike Heuer: Thick Concepts and Internal Reasons11. John Broome: Williams on OughtIntuitionism and Moral Knowledge12. Jonathan Dancy: McDowell, Williams, and IntuitionismPolitical Philosophy13. Gerald Lang: Discrimination, Partial Concern, and ArbitrarinessIndex