Does Anything Really Matter?: Essays on Parfit on Objectivity

2017.06.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Singer (ed.), Does Anything Really Matter?: Essays on Parfit on Objectivity, Oxford University Press, 2017, 300pp., $45.00
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2017.06.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Singer (ed.), Does Anything Really Matter?: Essays on Parfit on Objectivity, Oxford University Press, 2017, 300pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199653836. Reviewed by Andrew Sepielli, University of Toronto This is a volume of essays on meta-ethical themes from Derek Parfit's magisterial book On What Matters. It boasts an impressive list of contributors, most of whom, we learn from Peter Singer's introduction, were chosen because Parfit saw fit to criticize their views at length. Predictably, then, most of them are established "big names", and many of their essays are defensive in character. As a result, the volume is a bit too intellectually conservative to meet the editor's stated goal of "reinvigorat[ing] discussions of objectivism in ethics". Nonetheless, it helps to clarify these discussions, and to bring out the deeper concerns that animated Parfit's bold and at times controversial stances in. . .

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