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 critical examination 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.
Oxford University Press
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Series: Berkeley Tanner Lectures
03 March 2011
VOLUME ONE; PART ONE: REASONS; PART TWO : PRINCIPLES; PART THREE: THEORIES; VOLUME TWO; PART FOUR: COMMENTARIES; PART FIVE: RESPONSES; PART SIX: NORMATIVITY; PART SEVEN: APPENDICES
Reviews for On What Matters
the most significant work in ethics since Sidgwick's masterpiece was published in 1873 ... a work of epic proportions and ambitions Peter Singer, Times Literary Supplement the most eagerly awaited book in philosophy since Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations... Should the book become as influential as the stars guiding its arrival suggest, it could seriously alter the way that ethics is thought about and taught. Constantine Sandis, Times Higher Education represents many years of work by one of the most influential philosophers of our time Simon Blackburn, Financial Times an epochal work... a remarkable achievement, giving us a truly comprehensive picture of the moral outlook - both normative and metaethical - of one of the greatest moral thinkers of our time Mark Schroeder, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews