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By Peter Singer

ISBN-10: 0199653836

ISBN-13: 9780199653836

'Does whatever quite Matter?' supplies philosophers that have been critized by means of Derek Parfit in his books 'On What concerns' a chance to reply to Parfit's criticisms. It comprises essays on Parfit's perspectives by means of Richard Chappell, Andrew Huddleston, Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, Bruce Russell, and Larry Temkin. a 3rd quantity of 'On What Matters', within which Parfit engages along with his critics and breaks new ground Read more...

summary: 'Does whatever particularly Matter?' offers philosophers that have been critized via Derek Parfit in his books 'On What concerns' a chance to answer Parfit's criticisms. It contains essays on Parfit's perspectives by way of Richard Chappell, Andrew Huddleston, Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, Bruce Russell, and Larry Temkin. a 3rd quantity of 'On What Matters', within which Parfit engages together with his critics and breaks new floor find major contract among his personal perspectives and theirs, is showing as a separate spouse quantity

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The point is that most of these different kinds of agreements might reasonably count as reflecting values, but we might agree that they vary in their strength and OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 09/09/16, SPi Has Parfit’s Life Been Wasted? 39 As indicated, Parfit contends that if the views of his meta-ethical opponents are correct, we are left with nihilism, or a bleak view about values that is akin to nihilism, so that nothing matters, or at best things can only H-matter, which is akin to not mattering at all.

Parfit has spent much of his life trying to Parfit mentions Henry Sidgwick and David Ross in this regard, but no doubt he thinks it is true of many others, as well. See OWM, II, 303–4, 367. 32 See OWM, I, 107; OWM, II, 267, 282, 295, 367–8, 419, 425, 433, 442, 453, 465, 601. 31 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 09/09/16, SPi Has Parfit’s Life Been Wasted? 23 figure out how one ought to live. He might have spent it counting blades of grass. If nothing matters, it doesn’t matter in any way that he chose to live the life that he did—but he couldn’t have wasted his life in living it as he did.

But, of course, cir­ s­ entence after the second of the preceding quotations, “But that does not imply that normativity in part consists in actual or possible motivational force” (OWM, II, 268). As my discussion makes plain, I think Parfit might have done more to emphasize the deep internalist insight that there is an important connection between reasons and motiva­ tion, even if he goes on to contend that the connection is not quite what most internal­ ists have thought it to be. Peter Singer rightly notes that my contention that a fully and solely rational being could be motivated to do anything at all, in the absence of some antecedent interests or desires, would be denied by Humeans, so that if Humeans are right, the gap between Parfit’s view and the Humeans would remain wide.

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