Shame and Necessity

Shame and Necessity

Hardback Sather Classical Lectures

By (author) Bernard Williams

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 239mm x 36mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 24 March 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520080467
  • ISBN 13: 9780520080461

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Although humanity has changed since the times of the ancient Greeks, this study claims that the differences are not to be traced to a shift in basic conceptions of ethical life. We are more like the ancients than we are prepared to acknowledge, and only when this is understood can we properly grasp our most important differences from them, such as our rejection of slavery. This treatise is directed towards writers such as Homer and the tragedians. At the centre of the study is the question of how we can understand Greek tragedy at all, when its world is so far from ours.

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Bernard Williams (1929-2003) was White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, and Monroe Deutsch Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous books include "Descartes: The Project of Pure Inquiry" (1979), "Moral Luck" (1981), and "Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy" (1985).

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"Clearly written, well argued, and carefully documented."--"Library Journal