The great philosopher's final work is rigorous and lucidby Alex Dean / March 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
On What Matters: Volume Three by Derek Parfit (OUP, £25)
Some things matter. This may sound uncontroversial, but in philosophy the truth of this claim has been debated for centuries.
Derek Parfit, who died on 1st January this year, was a staunch believer that some things certainly do matter. A new posthumously published book from the acclaimed moral philosopher, On What Matters: Volume Three, shows why his arguments to this effect are taken so seriously. It comes with an accompanying collection of responses to his earlier work, Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity, edited by Peter Singer.