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Bernard Williams and the materials of internalism

Ng, G. (2017) Bernard Williams and the materials of internalism. PhD thesis, University of Reading

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Williams's work is a set of reflections that make an unstable blend. In terms of its structure, this thesis is similar. It is presented as a collection of independent arguments on a set of key ideas -blame, integrity, and relativism. The hallmark of Williams's ethical thought is internalism about reasons. Each of Williams's ideas collected here seems to me to bear, in one way or another, on the internal reasons thesis. The problem is that each stands in need ofanswering intuitively compelling complaints. In these chapters I hope to make a contribution to the internalist project by reinterpreting this set of ideas. My broad aim is to give a persuasive account of what living with internalism involves, and illustrate what self-image internalism affords us human beings. The psychological kinds of understanding that this thesis develops and that Williams thinks moral philosophy "needs to use if it is to have any hope of understanding itself' are what I call the materials of internalism.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Supervisor:Stratton-Lake, P. and Hooker, B.
Thesis/Report Department:Department of Philosophy
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Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:73801

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