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In the Beginning Was the Deed
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Preface by Patricia Williams vii Introduction by Geoffrey Hawthorn xi CHAPTER ONE: Realism and Moralism in Political Theory 1 CHAPTER TWO: In the Beginning Was the Deed 18 CHAPTER THREE: Pluralism, Community and Left Wittgensteinianism 29 CHAPTER FOUR: Modernity and the Substance of Ethical Life 40 CHAPTER FIVE: The Liberalism of Fear 52 CHAPTER SIX: Human Rights and Relativism 62 CHAPTER SEVEN: From Freedom to Liberty: The Construction of a Political Value 75 CHAPTER EIGHT: The Idea of Equality 97 CHAPTER NINE: Con .icts of Liberty and Equality 115 CHAPTER TEN: Toleration, a Political or Moral Question? 128 CHAPTER ELEVEN: Censorship 139 CHAPTER TWELVE: Humanitarianism and the Right to Intervene 145 CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Truth, Politics, and Self-Deception 154 Bernard Williams:Writings of Political Interest 165 Index 171

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Williams was one of the most important philosophers of the late twentieth century. He managed to combine an extraordinary sense for a real philosophical problem with an equally impressive gift for keeping in touch with the deepest issues of human life. Each of the essays here identifies a topic on which one longs to hear Williams's views, articulated with his characteristic combination of humane learning and intellectual rigor. -- Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University Bernard Williams saw the moral dimensions of politics more deeply and more clearly than any thinker of his generation. His seminal essay The Idea of Equality, included here, exemplifies this gift. It exploded the conventional wisdom that equality of opportunity is a less demanding political ideal than is substantive equality. This opened the way for John Rawls and his successors to try to establish what genuine equality of opportunity in a just society could mean. In this, as in so many of the subjects treated in this sparkling and captivating volume, the long shadow of his influence will be with us for many years to come. Bernard Williams set the questions. -- Ian Shapiro, Yale University, author of "The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences" All of Bernard Williams's characteristic brilliance and range is on display in these essays, which together form a volume of permanent value for anyone with an interest in contemporary philosophy and its engagement with the social and political world. -- Richard Moran, Harvard University Bernard Williams saw the moral dimensions of politics more deeply and more clearly than any thinker of his generation. In so many of the subjects treated in this sparkling and captivating volume, the long shadow of his influence will be with us for many years to come. -- Ian Shapiro, Yale University

About the Author

Bernard Williams's books include "Truth and Truthfulness" (Princeton); "Making Sense of Humanity"; "Morality"; and "Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy". At the time of his death in 2003, he was Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. Geoffrey Hawthorn is Professor of International Politics at the University of Cambridge.

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"A splendid expression of Williams's distinctive outlook, which joined a conviction that moral argument is important in politics with an insistence that we keep our eyes firmly fixed on the real political world... [S]harp, funny and incisive."--Thomas Nagel, Times Literary Supplement "In this collection, as in all of his other works, Bernard Williams shows how much more interesting our philosophic reflections on the problems of human life can be when they begin with life's most mundane and unavoidable experiences."--Bernard Yack, Ethics "Characteristically, all of the essays are closely argued, elegantly written, and strongly engaging. The book is a welcome addition to the literatures on the many issues it addresses."--Richard E. Flathman, Perspectives on Politics "This collection of essays is well-written, challenging and highly enjoyable. It has the searching, inquisitive and witty style typical of its author, with scores of ideas and insights briefly alluded to without further development, making for engaging reading."--Chris Nathan, Oxonian Review

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