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On What Matters, Vol. 2 (repost)

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On What Matters, Vol. 2 (repost)

Derek Parfit, "On What Matters, Vol. 2"
2011 | ISBN: 019957281X | 848 pages | PDF | 4 MB

On What Matters is a major work in moral philosophy. It is the long-awaited follow-up to Derek Parfit's 1984 book Reasons and Persons, one of the landmarks of twentieth-century philosophy. In this first volume Parfit presents a powerful new treatment of reasons and rationality, and a critical examination of three systematic moral theories – Kant's ethics, contractualism, and consequentialism – leading to his own ground-breaking synthetic conclusion. Along the way he 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. On What Matters is already the most-discussed work in moral philosophy: its publication is likely to establish it as a modern classic which everyone working on moral philosophy will have to read, and which many others will turn to for stimulation and illumination.