Reasons and Persons

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Clarendon Press, 1984 - Philosophy - 543 pages
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Challenging, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity, Derek Parfit claims that we have a false view about our own nature. It is often rational to act against our own best interests, he argues, and most of us have moral views that are self-defeating. We often act wrongly, although we know there will be no one with serious grounds for complaint, and when we consider future generations it is very hard to avoid conclusions that most of us will find very disturbing.

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Review: Reasons and Persons (Oxford Paperbacks)

User Review  - Reed - Goodreads

i just recently saw parfit lecture - it was fun. this book is...impressive. i'm not sold on parfit's method of inference ('reductionist'/'trace the facts' approach) but, thanks to dr. parfit, i'm able to walk away from this book with a hell of a lot of good questions. Read full review

Review: Reasons and Persons (Oxford Paperbacks)

User Review  - George - Goodreads

Third time reading this incredible book. I am not a reader (or a fan) of philosophy. Just don't have the patience. Parfit in intriguing though and this book is wonderfully provocative and stimulating, very much with the effort Read full review

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About the author (1984)


Derek Parfitis a research fellow at All Souls College.

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