Bernard Williams

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Bernard Williams


Born
in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, The United Kingdom
September 21, 1929

Died
June 10, 2003

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Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams FBA (21 September 1929 – 10 June 2003) has been described as the most important British moral philosopher of his time.

Williams spent the bulk of his career at four academic institutions: Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, and the University of California, Berkeley. Early in his career at Cambridge, Williams became known internationally for his attempt to reorient the study of moral philosophy to history and culture, politics and psychology, and, in particular, to the Greeks. Described as an "analytic philosopher with the soul of a humanist," he saw himself as a synthesist, drawing together ideas from fields that seemed increasingly unable to communicate with one another. He rejected scientific and
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“Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.”
Bernard Williams

“Utilitarians are often immensely conscientious people, who work for humanity and give up meat for the sake of the animals. They think this is what they morally ought to do and feel guilty if they do not live up to their own standard. They do not, and perhaps could not, ask: How useful is it that I think and feel like this?”
Bernard Williams, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy

“People who say, 'Let the chips fall where they may,' usually figure they will not be hit by a chip.”
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