Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002
Bernard Williams was one of the most important philosophers of the last fifty years. He was a careful and thorough thinker, with well-regarded and thoughtful positions on a number of topics, including politics, ethics, and metaphysics. Until now, it might have gone unnoticed that the care and consistency with which he defended his own philosophical positions also went into the many short essays and reviews which he wrote during his career.
The essays in this volume are far reaching: from religion, abortion, feminism, education, and philosophy. These essays were intended for a wide audience, and so while they reflect the care and thorough treatment of a first rate philosophical mind, they are accessible to the non-specialist.
Much more interesting, however, are the reviews. The titles that Williams reviewed read from a who’s who of late 20th century philosophy. His reviews of Rawls’ Theory of Justice and Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia are relevant today, thirty years after they were written. Find also reviews of Sartre, Martha Nussbaum, CS Lewis, Dawkins, Parfit, Dworkin, Rorty, Putnam, and dozens of others. Reading short reviews of these classic philosophical volumes in such a clear, accessible tone is a great pleasure, and the editors of this volume should be congratulated for making them available in this format.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Author||Bernard Williams, Michael Wood|
|Page Count||456 pages|
|Publisher||Princeton University Press|
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