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World Thinkers 2014: Derek Parfit

Philosopher, UK

By Prospect Team  

Derek Parfit, now an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, has only published two books during his long career, but his influence on philosophy in the English-speaking world is considerable. On What Matters, the two volumes of which appeared in 2011, was described by Peter Singer as “the most significant work in ethics” since Henry Sidgwick’s The Method of Ethics, published in 1873.

Further reading 

Why anything? Why this? Why does the Universe exist? An essay by Derek Parfit 

The lure of the peak: Philip Kitcher reviews Parfit’s magnum opus, On What…

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