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Reasons and persons

Author: Derek Parfit
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press, 1984.
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This book challenges some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; that we often act wrongly, even though there will be no one with any serious ground for a complaint; and that, when we  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Parfit
ISBN: 0198246153 9780198246152 019824908X 9780198249085
OCLC Number: 9827659
Description: xv, 543 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Self-defeating theories --
1. Theories that are indirectly self-defeating --
2. Practical dilemmas --
3. Five mistakes in moral mathematics --
4. Theories that are directly self-defeating --
5. Conclusions --
Part 2. Rationality and time --
6. The best objection to the self-interest theory --
7. The appeal to full relativity --
8. Different attitudes to time --
9. Why we should reject --
Part 3. Personal identity --
10. What we believe ourselves to be --
11. How we are not what we believe --
12. Why our identity is not what we believe --
13. What does matter --
14. Personal identity and rationality --
15. Personal identity and morality --
Part 4. Future generations --
16. The non-identity problem --
17. The repugnant conclusion --
18. The absurd conclusion --
19. The mere addition paradox.
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This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity.  Read more...

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Very few works in the subject can compare with Parfit's in scope, fertility, imaginative resource, and cogency of reasoning. P.F. Strawson, The New York Review of Books

 
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