On What Matters, Volume III

2017.10.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Derek Parfit, On What Matters, Volume III, Oxford University Press, 2017, 468 pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198778608.
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2017.10.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Derek Parfit, On What Matters, Volume III, Oxford University Press, 2017, 468 pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198778608. Reviewed by Mark van Roojen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln The first two volumes of On What Matters started out as Climbing the Mountain, a shorter work of normative ethics aimed at showing how three seemingly diverse approaches to normative questions (rule consequentialism, Kantian normative ethics, and contractualism) were all getting at the same normative truths from different directions. At some point Parfit decided he had also to defend metaethical non-naturalism as part of this project, so he added a second volume. As he admits (54), the ecumenical treatment of normative diversity in the first volume did not extend to the rival metaethical views discussed in its sequel. His oppositions to rival views was stark. Naturalism, noncognitivism and subjectivism had to be fundamentally. . .

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