Ulrike Heuer and Gerald Lang (ed.), Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams, Oxford University Press, 2012. $80.
Abstract The more than fifty year period that Bernard Williams spent investigating some of the most puzzling problems in contemporary practical philosophy have merited him the reputation of one of the greatest moral philosophers of the twentieth century. At present however, this recognition has not resulted in anything that could be called a comprehensive overview of this ethical ideas, let alone of his general approach to philosophy. With its much more modest ambitions, Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams, a collection of essays edited by Ulrike Heuer and Gerald Lang, nevertheless gives witness to the lasting relevance of Williams's ethical thought. Tackling his ideas on the role and scope of theorizing in morality, some of the leading philosophers of our time explore and unveil for us the radical way in which the author of Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy continues to influence ethical theory.