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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778608.001.0001

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Schroeder’s Conservative Reductive Thesis

Schroeder’s Conservative Reductive Thesis

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On What Matters

Derek Parfit

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This chapter establishes criticisms of the triviality objection. It clears up some misinterpretations regarding the objection and considers how this argument might apply to a reductive thesis about normative reasons. These arguments do not imply that we cannot have true irreducibly normative beliefs. The chapter also offers a defence of the view that some things matter, in the sense that we have reasons to care about some things. This view, however, would be hard to defend if, as is sometimes claimed, all of our reasons were given by facts that are in part about our present desires. The fact that we have certain desires could not give us reasons to have them. Finally, this chapter clarifies another misconception regarding the triviality of conceptual truths.

Keywords:   conservative reductive thesis, triviality objection, conceptual truths, misconceptions, misinterpretations

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