Fall 2015

Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-478


Nishiten Shah (Section 01)


We will engage in a close reading of Bernard Williams’ modern classic, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. In this book Williams delivers a sustained indictment of philosophical reflection on morality from Kant onward. He argues that philosophy cannot answer many of the questions that reflection on our moral practices raises, and that we would be better off without some of the moral concepts we assume to be indispensable. In the course of these arguments, Williams offers provocative new ideas about relativism, objectivity, and the possibility of ethical knowledge. 

Requisite: Two courses in Philosophy or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Shah.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to majors, seniors, then juniors, etc.


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2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015