Does Anything Really Matter?: Essays on Parfit on Objectivity

Hardcover | January 15, 2017

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In the first two volumes of On What Matters Derek Parfit argues that there are objective moral truths, and other normative truths about what we have reasons to believe, and to want, and to do. He thus challenges a view of the role of reason in action that can be traced back to David Hume, andis widely assumed to be correct, not only by philosophers but also by economists. In defending his view, Parfit argues that if there are no objective normative truths, nihilism follows, and nothing matters. He criticizes, often forcefully, many leading contemporary philosophers working on the natureof ethics, including Simon Blackburn, Stephen Darwall, Allen Gibbard, Frank Jackson, Peter Railton, Mark Schroeder, Michael Smith, and Sharon Street. Does Anything Really Matter? gives these philosophers an opportunity to respond to Parfit's criticisms, and includes essays on Parfit's views byRichard Chappell, Andrew Huddleston, Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, Bruce Russell, and Larry Temkin. A third volume of On What Matters, in which Parfit engages with his critics and breaks new ground in finding significant agreement between his own views and theirs, is appearing as a separate companion volume.

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In the first two volumes of On What Matters Derek Parfit argues that there are objective moral truths, and other normative truths about what we have reasons to believe, and to want, and to do. He thus challenges a view of the role of reason in action that can be traced back to David Hume, andis widely assumed to be correct, not only by...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:318 pagesPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Peter Singer: Preface1. Larry Temkin: Has Parfit's Life Been Wasted? Some Reflections on Part Six of On What Matters2. Peter Railton: Two Sides of the Meta-Ethical Mountain?3. Allan Gibbard: Parfit on Normative Properties and Disagreement4. Simon Blackburn: All Souls Night5. Michael Smith: Parfit's Mistaken Metaethics6. Sharon Street: Nothing 'Really' Matters, but That's Not What Matters7. Richard Chappell: Knowing What Matters8. Andrew Huddleston: Nietzsche and the Hope of Normative Convergence9. Frank Jackson: In Defence Of Reductionism In Ethics10. Mark Schroeder: What Matters about Metaethics?11. Bruce Russell: A Defense of Moral Intuitionism12. Stephen Darwall: Morality, Blame, and Internal Reasons13. Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer: Parfit on Objectivity and 'The Profoundest Problem of Ethics'