Philosophy discussion on Morality

Is it possible for someone to have no morals whatsoever? In philosophy book club, we are reading Bernard Williams’ Morality, in which first topic discussed is that of the amoralist: someone with no morals. It is Williams’ contention that to have no morality is impossible, because all people have a sense of values and standards by which they measure themselves and others. The discussion of this topic was impressive, with clarity of thought and openness to all possibilities. We got onto talking about Feral children, CamusL’Étranger and group behaviour, amongst many other things. Particularly heartening was to see a group of students from Block 3 to 6.1 interacting so intelligently and so lucidly on a challenging topic.

By Clare Jarmy, Head of PRE



Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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