Quotable: Bernard Williams

“How truthfulness to an existing self or society is to be combined with reflection, self-understanding, and criticism is a question that philosophy, itself, cannot answer. It is the kind of question that has to be answered through reflective living. The answer has to be discovered, or established, as the result of a process, personal and social, which essentially cannot formulate the answer in advance, except in an unspecific way. Philosophy [or theoria] can play a part in the process, as it plays a part in identifying the question, but it cannot be a substitute for it.” (Ethics, 200)

[cited in Alan Jacobs, A Theology of Reading, 2.]

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