Shame and Necessity (Sather Classical Lectures) by Bernard Williams,A. A. Long PDF

By Bernard Williams,A. A. Long

we have a tendency to think that the traditional Greeks had primitive rules of the self, of accountability, freedom, and disgrace, and that now humanity has complex from those to a extra sophisticated ethical recognition. Bernard Williams's unique and radical e-book questions this photo of Western heritage. whereas we're in lots of methods various from the Greeks, Williams claims that the variations will not be to be traced to a shift in those uncomplicated conceptions of moral existence. we're extra just like the ancients than we're ready to recognize, and basically whilst this is often understood do we adequately snatch our most vital transformations from them, akin to our rejection of slavery.

The writer is a thinker, yet a lot of his booklet is directed to writers akin to Homer and the tragedians, whom he discusses as poets and never simply as fabrics for philosophy. on the middle of his learn is the query of ways we will be able to comprehend Greek tragedy in any respect, while its international is up to now from ours.

Williams explains the way it is that after the ancients communicate, they don't basically let us know approximately themselves, yet approximately ourselves. In a brand new foreword A.A. lengthy explores the effect of this quantity within the context of Williams's lovely career.

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