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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This book is hard for somebody not steeped in philosophical arguments and history. However, there were some parts that were almost too easy to grasp, as if Parfit expected to really have to work hard ... Read full review

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Derek Parfitis a research fellow at All Souls College.

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