Chapter 6. Disgrace: Bernard Williams and J. M. Coetzee

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair
  1. Catherine Wilson Professor

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch6

Art and Ethical Criticism

Art and Ethical Criticism

How to Cite

Wilson, C. (2008) Disgrace: Bernard Williams and J. M. Coetzee, in Art and Ethical Criticism (ed G. L. Hagberg), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Author Information

  1. Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes3 and
  2. Berys Gaut4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 4

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405134835

Online ISBN: 9781444302813



  • Williams's critique of moral theory;
  • disgrace - Bernard Williams and J. M. Coetzee;
  • disgrace and greek tragedy;
  • problem of power;
  • Williams's “Moral Luck,” and fictional character “Gauguin”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Williams's Critique of Moral Theory

  • Disgrace and Greek tragedy

  • The Problem of Power

  • The Evaluation of Social and Political Institutions