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Reasons and persons

Author: Derek Parfit
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press, 1984.
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This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Parfit
ISBN: 0198246153 9780198246152 019824908X 9780198249085
OCLC Number: 9827659
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 543 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Theories that are indirectly self-defeating --
Practical dilemmas --
Fice mistakes in moral mathematics --
Theories that are directly self-defeating --
Two possibilities --
The best objection to the self-intersest theory --
The appeal to full relativity --
Different attitudes to time --
Why we should reject S --
What we believe ourselves to be --
How we are not what we believe --
Why our identity is not what we believe --
Why our identity is not what matters --
What does matter --
Personal identity and rationality --
Personal identity and morality --
The non-identity problem --
The repugnant conclusion --
The absurd conclusion --
The mere addition paradox.
Responsibility: by Derek Parfit.
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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"Complex, brilliant, and Read more...

 
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