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Does Anything Really Matter?: Essays on Parfit on Objectivity

Peter Singer


Ethical subjectivism or skepticism, in one form or another, has dominated moral philosophy for the past eighty years. In On What Matters Derek Parfit rejects all forms of subjectivism in ethics, as well as ethical naturalism. Instead he argues that there are objective, non-natural normative truths. If there are no such truths, he claims, nihilism awaits and his life has been wasted, as have the lives of all those who have spent their time trying to work out what we ought to do. In defending this position, Parfit criticizes, sometimes sharply, many leading contemporary philosophers. In this vol ... More

Keywords: ethical objectivism, ethical subjectivism, ethical naturalism, normative truths, Parfit, On What Matters, agreement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Singer, editor
Princeton University/University of Melbourne