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Books in brief—On What Matters: Volume Three by Derek Parfit

The great philosopher's final work is rigorous and lucid

By Alex Dean   April 2017

On What Matters: Volume Three by Derek Parfit (OUP, £25)

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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…

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