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Title: Personal Identity, Projects, and Morality in Bernard Williams' Earlier Writings
Author(s): OKUMU, Joseph
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 14    Issue: 1   Date: March 2007   
Pages: 13-27
DOI: 10.2143/EP.14.1.2021810

Abstract :
This paper probes any possible relation between Bernard Williams’ writings on personal identity and his positive views on morality. Williams is silent about such a relation. However, one can be established. Focussing mainly on his earlier writings, this paper reveals a thread weaving together Williams’ views on personal identity, projects, and morality. Moral philosophy may only concern itself with a finite, embodied, historically-placed, or empirically-compelled agent. This paper traces Williams’ journey into the world of morality from his reflections on the self or personal identity, assuming that his positive views on morality are ultimately traceable to his notion of personal identity.

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