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Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy

WithA.W. Moore

Bernard Williams was one of the greatest 20th-century British philosophers, renowned especially for his work in moral philosophy. When Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy were published, in 1985, he had already written numerous highly influential articles in the area. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy may fairly be described as a work in “analytical” philosophy. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy is, in many respects, the culmination of a wonderfully successful crusade to do just that. It shows admirably how much moral philosophy can achieve. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy may fairly be described as a work in “analytical” philosophy. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy is a wonderful book. To some readers, it may appear unduly negative. Too much of it, they may say, consists of attacks on other people’s attempts to achieve things in moral philosophy.