Bernard Williams’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

September 21, 1929

Death Date

Jun 10, 2003

Age of Death

73 years

Cause of Death

Multiple Myeloma

Place of Death

Rome, Italy



The philosopher Bernard Williams died at the age of 73. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

English moral philosopher who developed the ideas internal v. external reasons for action and moral luck.

He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1951. He served for a year in the Royal Air Force stationed in Canada where he flew Spitfires.

He served on several royal commissions and government committees.

He was married to Shirley Brittain Catlin.

He was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche.

How did Bernard Williams die?

Williams died of heart failure on 10 June 2003 while on holiday in Rome; he had been diagnosed in 1999 with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. He was survived by his wife, their two sons, and his first child, Rebecca. He was cremated in Rome.



People have been predicting the death of philosophy since the 17th century. When I was a student, people were saying, ‘We’re in the last days of philosophy.’ Then we were told in the ’60s it would be replaced by sociology, then by literary criticism.

Bernard Williams

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

Bernard Williams

We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody’s weakness.

Bernard Williams

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.

Bernard Williams

I was interested in philosophy before I knew I was. That’s to say, when I was at school, I used to argue with my friends about issues that turned out to be philosophical ones of some kind.

Bernard Williams