On What Matters, Volume I and II

“Not quite the top of the mountain”

Derek Parfit’s On What Matters has been the most eagerly awaited work in philosophy since Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. Read Constantine Sandis’ review of this book in the Times Higher Education online.

The journal Ratio which has a focus on analytic philosophy, recently produced a special issue book entitled ‘Essays on Derek Parfit’s On What Matters’, edited by Jussi Suikkanen and John Cottingham. In Essays on Derek Parfit’s On What Matters, seven leading moral philosophers (including Princeton’s Michael Smith, one of the world’s leading meta-ethicists) offer critical evaluations of the central ideas presented in the greatly anticipated work by world-renowned moral philosopher Derek Parfit.  

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Philosophical Investigations – Free Special Issue

Virtual Issue: Philosophical Investigations from past to present

Founded in 1978 and associated with the British Wittgenstein Society, Philosophical Investigations is published quarterly by Wiley-Blackwell. This international journal features articles, discussions, critical notices and reviews covering every branch of philosophy. Whether focusing on traditional or on new aspects of the subject, it offers thought-provoking articles and maintains a lively readership with an acclaimed discussion section and wide-ranging book reviews.

In this exciting virtual issue, the editorial team have selected some of the best articles, critical notices and reviews published in Philosophical Investigations from 1980 to the present day. We are confident that you will find this virtual issue interesting and informative. See below for a full list of articles, critical notices and reviews. Continue reading “Philosophical Investigations – Free Special Issue”

Achieving Immortality.

HAL9000: A ready and easy way to become immortal.

I once read a quote by John Cottingham, a philosopher famous in the field, and perhaps out of the field, of philosophy, about philosophy and the meaning of life. To paraphrase, it went something like; “People are often drawn to philosophy to find answers to the big questions. If someone finds themselves reading philosophy hoping to find an answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?”, they will most likely be sorely disappointed.” I would have to agree.

It is this thought people should have in mind when reading about immortality and what philosophy may have to say about it. Philosophy does from time to time discuss the subject, though usually this discussion is about the morality of such a concept, rather than the ability to actually achieve it. Continue reading “Achieving Immortality.”