Making Sense of Humanity: And Other Philosophical Papers by Bernard Williams

By Bernard Williams

Just like the prior volumes of Bernard Williams' papers released by means of Cambridge collage Press, difficulties of the Self and ethical good fortune, Making feel of Humanity could be welcomed by way of all readers with a significant curiosity in philosophy. it's released along a quantity of essays on Williams' paintings, international, brain and Ethics: Essays at the moral Philosophy of Bernard Williams, edited by means of J.E.J. Altham and Ross Harrison, which supplies a reappraisal of his paintings through different distinct thinkers within the box.

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My questions concern the relations between the two. 17 I take it that if it is possible that I should G unintentionally, then it is not beyond my powers to G: there can, of course, be more than one kind of reason why I should be unable to G intentionally, though it is possible for me to G unintentionally. This is explored in 'Moral incapacity', where I also take further the distinction, made below, between impossibilities that present themselves to the agent's deliberation as limitations, and those that emerge from the deliberation.

Or, rather, the external reasons theorist may want me to say this: one of the mysterious things about the denial of internalism lies precisely in the fact that it leaves it quite obscure when this form of words is thought to be appropriate. But if it is thought to be appropriate, what is supposed to make it appropriate, as opposed to (or in addition to) all those other things that may be said? The question is: what is the differ39 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2010 Action, freedom, responsibility ence supposed to be between saying that the agent has a reason to act more considerately, and saying one of the many other things we can say to people whose behaviour does not accord with what we think it should be?

5 There is something wrong in his deliberative economy, and it lies in the relation of its parts, but it does not follow that the action has the defect. A particular application of this general point lies in the theory of akrasia. Some very extreme cases are naturally classed with defects of deliberated action as a purely psychological phenomenon: they unqualifiedly display lack of control. But consider the only too well-known case of a man who wants to be loyal to one woman and resolves to stop seeing another.

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