On What Matters, Volume Three, by Derek Parfit and Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity, edited by Peter Singer

Mind 127 (506):602-611 (2018)
John Skorupski
University of St. Andrews
© Mind Association 2018Derek Parfit’s death just before the publication of the third, and now perhaps last, volume of On What Matters makes reviewing it a rather melancholy task. That his death is a serious loss to moral philosophy goes without saying. As for this review, it is sad that there is no longer the possibility of discussing with him the disagreements it raises, or learning from his responses. His ideas and arguments in this volume are as fresh and forceful as ever.Part Six of On What Matters was about the metatheory of normativity. There Parfit argued that either there are irreducible normative reasons or nothing matters: nihilism is correct. He did not at all accept that nihilism was true; he put forward his own account of normativity, which in Volume Two he called Non-Metaphysical Non-Naturalism, and which in the present volume he...
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