Faith and Philosophy 31 (4):412-421 (2014)

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John Roberts
Florida State University
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This essay offers a defense of Axiarchism's answer to the question, "Why does the world exit?" against prominent objections leveled against it by Derek Parfit. Parfit rejects the Axiarchist answer while abstracting from it his own Selector strategy. I argue that the abstraction fails, and that even if we were to regard Axiarchism as an instance of a Selector hypothesis, we should regard it as the only viable one. I also argue that Parfit's abstraction leads him to mistake the nature and, thereby, the force of Axiarchism's claim to being an ultimate explanation. Finally, I defend the Axiarchist's claim that the good could not fail to rule.
Keywords Axiarchism  Parfit  Cudworth
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ISBN(s) 0739-7046
DOI 10.5840/ipq2014112425
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