Essays on Derek Parfit's On What Matters
October 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
- Presents critical assessments of what promises to be one of the key moral philosophy texts of our time
- Features essays by a team of leading philosophers including Princeton's Michael Smith, one of the world's leading meta-ethicists
Addresses Parfit's central thesis - that the main ethical theories can agree on what matters - as well as his defense of moral realism
1. Introduction (Jussi Suikkanen, University of Leeds).
2. Naturalism without Tears (James Lenman, University of Sheffield).
3. Can There Be a Kantian Consequentialism? (Seiriol Morgan, Bristol University).
4. The Kantian Argument for Consequentialism (Michael Otsuka, University College, London).
5. Climb Every Mountain? (Michael Ridge, University of Edinburgh).
6. Might Kantian Contractualism be the Supreme Principle of Morality? (Gideon Rosen, Princeton University).
7. Desires, Values, Reasons, and the Dualism of Practical Reason (Michael Smith, Princeton University).
8. Should Kantians Be Consequentialists? (Jacob Ross, University of Southern California).
Jussi Suikkanen is a temporary lecturer in philosophy at the University of Leeds. He recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Reading. He has published numerous articles in international philosophical journals on contractualism and consequentialism, reasons and value, the nature of moral properties, and moral psychology.
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