Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Bernard Williams

English Moral Philosopher

"Immortality, or a state without death, would be meaningless, I shall suggest; so, in a sense, death gives the meaning to life."

"It is because consequentialism attaches value ultimately to states of affairs, and its concern is with what states of affairs the world contains, that it essentially involves the notion of negative responsibility; that if I am ever responsible for anything, then I must be just as much responsible for things that I allow or fail to prevent, as I am for things that I myself, in the more everyday restricted sense, bring about."