Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy  

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"What has happened is that the theorists have brought the fact-value distinction to language rather than finding it revealed there. What they have found are a lot of those “thicker” or more specific ethical notions I have already referred to, such as treachery and promise and brutality and courage, which seem to express a union of fact and value."


"The place where this is to be seen is above all with those substantive or thick ethical concepts I have often mentioned. Many exotic examples of these can be drawn from other cultures, but there are enough left in our own: coward, lie, brutality, gratitude, and so forth."

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (1985) is a book by Bernard Williams.

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