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  Irina Muerberg. Bernard Williams and the transformation of ethics into a political philosophy of liberty
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Irina Muerberg. Bernard Williams and the transformation of ethics into a political philosophy of liberty

Bernard Williams, an outstanding British philosopher of the second half of the 20th century, started his academic career in the field of ethics, as a representative of analytical philosophy. The major target of his philosophic enquiry was the critique of ‘the system of ethics’ undertaken with the purport of securing a true understanding of the way morals works in reality. This investigational choice is responsible for the central position the notion of ‘being with the other’ occupies in his thought, the theme of such a kind as to presuppose irradicality of rivalry and conflicts. This is how a transition from ethics to political philosophy took place.

 

Keywords:  «The system of ethics», ethics of duty, moral luck, shame and blame, freedom, moral choice, political philosophy, agency, rivalry, conflict