On What Matters : Two-volume set


Author: Parfit Derek
ISBN: 9780199265923
Format: 2 Vol Hardcover in Slipcase
Publisher: Oxford UP

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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 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 whicheveryone working on moral philosophy will have to read, and which many others will turn to for stimulation and illumination.

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