On What Matters: Volume Two

Paperback | July 19, 2013

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. Parfit now presents a powerful new treatment of reasons, rationality, and normativity, 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 and illumination. The second volume of Derek Parfit's magnum opus is in four parts. The first presents critiques of his work by four of the world's leading moral philosophers. The second contains his responses. The third and longest part is a self-contained monograph by Parfit on normativity. The final part comprisesseven new essays by Parfit on Kant, reasons, irrationality, autonomy - and why the universe exists.

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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. Parfit now presents a powerful new treatment of reasons, rationality, and normativity, and a criticalexamination of three systematic moral theories ...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:848 pagesPublished:July 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199681044

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Table of Contents

PART FOUR: COMMENTARIESSusan Wolf: Hiking the RangeAllen Wood: Humanity as an End in ItselfBarbara Herman: A Mismatch of MethodsT. M. Scanlon: How I am Not a KantianPART FIVE: RESPONSESOn Hiking the RangeOn Humanity as an End in ItselfOn a Mismatch of MethodsHow the Numbers CountScanlonian ContractualismThe Triple TheoryPART SIX: NORMATIVITYAnalytical Naturalism and SubjectivismNon-Analytical NaturalismThe Triviality ObjectionNaturalism and NihilismNon-Cognitivism and Quasi-RealismNormativityNormative TruthsMetaphysicsEpistemologyRationalismAgreementNietzscheWhat Matters MostAPPENDICESWhy Anything? Why This?The Fair Warning ViewSome of Kant's Arguments for His Formula of Universal LawKant's Claims About the GoodAutonomy and Categorical ImperativesKant's Motivational ArgumentOn What There IsNotes to Volume TwoReferencesBibliographyIndex

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