On What Matters: Volume One by Derek Parfit

On What Matters: Volume One

byDerek Parfit

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On What Matters is a major work in moral philosophy. It is the long-awaited follow-up to Derek Parfit's 1984 book Reasons and Persons, one of the landmarks of twentieth-century philosophy. In this first volume Parfit presents a powerful new treatment of reasons and rationality, and a criticalexamination of three systematic moral theories - Kant's ethics, contractualism, and consequentialism - leading to his own ground-breaking synthetic conclusion. Along the way he discusses a wide range of moral issues, such as the significance of consent, treating people as a means rather than an end,and free will and responsibility. On What Matters is already the most-discussed work in moral philosophy: its publication is likely to establish it as a modern classic which everyone working on moral philosophy will have to read, and which many others will turn to for stimulation andillumination.

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Derek Parfit is one of the leading philosophers of our time. He is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, Global Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at New York University, and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Reasons and Persons (OUP, 1984), one of...
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Title:On What Matters: Volume OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pagesPublished:July 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199681031

ISBN - 13:9780199681037

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Table of Contents

Samuel Scheffler: IntroductionPrefaceSummaryPART ONE: REASONSNormative ConceptsObjective TheoriesSubjective TheoriesFurther ArgumentsRationalityMoralityMoral ConceptsPART TWO: PRINCIPLESPossible ConsentMerely as a MeansRespect and ValueFree Will and DesertPART THREE: THEORIESUniversal LawsWhat If Everyone Did That?ImpartialityContractualismConsequentialismConclusionsAppendicesNotes to Volume OneReferencesBibliographyIndex

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"Parfit's intricate and beautifully lucid book is undoubtedly the work of a philosophical genius." --John Cottingham, The Tablet