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On What Matters: Volume Two

Derek Parfit


This book is an important text in moral philosophy. It follows from the 1984 book Reasons and Persons, one of the landmarks of twentieth-century philosophy. The book presents a new treatment of reasons, rationality, and normativity, and a critical examination of three systematic moral theories — Kant's ethics, contractualism, and consequentialism — leading to a new synthetic conclusion. Along the way the volume 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. This book consists of four ... More

Keywords: moral philosophy, reasons, rationality, normativity, Kant's ethics, contractualism, consequentialism, moral issues, irrationality, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572816
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199572816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Parfit, author
All Souls, University of Oxford