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Don't let Williams put you off from getting into philosophy!
on 27 December 2000
Tthis book always appears on recommended reading lists for philosophy students.
It is however not the best introduction to philosophy. Williams is extremely opinionated and judgemental in what he writes, for example in his description of the amoralist, there is little foundation for what he writes about this individual except for what appears to be his own opinion which i don't think he's put much thinking into.
However, the faults of what Williams says lead me to make criticisms of it and in making my criticisms i developed my own points of view.
The book is difficult to read, and this is not because the concepts are hard to grasp, but because Williams' style is awkward. It's been coded to appear to contain wisdom, but it doesn't tell you anything new.
If you want to read about morality, and actually enjoy and gain something out of it get Plato's Republic, which is enlightening and extremely entertaining at the same time (what more could you ask for?).