On what matters is a three volume book of moral philosophy by derek parfitthe first two volumes were published in 2011 and the third in 2017 it is a follow up to parfits 1984 book reasons and personsit has an introduction by samuel scheffler. On what matters volume three derek parfit the third volume in parfits influential and highly acclaimed on what matters this volume is published simultaneously with a volume of new essays responding to on what matters edited by peter singer entitled does anything really matter part of a rare and significant debate in philosophy. Derek parfit presents the third volume of on what matters his landmark work of moral philosophy parfit develops further his influential treatment of reasons normativity the meaning of moral discourse and the status of morality he engages with his critics and shows the way to resolution of . The first two volumes of on what matters started out as climbing the mountain a shorter work of normative ethics aimed at showing how three seemingly diverse approaches to normative questions rule consequentialism kantian normative ethics and contractualism were all getting at the same . This volume is partly about what it is for things to matter in the sense that we all have reasons to care about these things much of the book discusses three of the main kinds of meta ethical theory normative naturalism quasi realist expressivism and non metaphysical non naturalism which this book refers to as non realist cognitivism
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