Past desires and the dead

Philosophical Studies 126 (3):331 - 345 (2005)
Abstract
I examine an argument that appears to take us from Parfit’s [Reasons and Persons, Oxford: Clarendon Press (1984)] thesis that we have no reason to fulfil desires we no longer care about to the conclusion that the effect of posthumous events on our desires is a matter of indifference (the post-mortem thesis). I suspect that many of Parfit’s readers, including Vorobej [Philosophical Studies 90 (1998) 305], think that he is committed to (something like) this reasoning, and that Parfit must therefore give up the post-mortem thesis. However, as it turns out, the argument is subtly equivocal and does not commit Parfit to the post-mortem thesis. I close with some doubts about Parfit’s case for his indifference thesis.
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Steven Luper, Death. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Steven Luper (2004). Posthumous Harm. American Philosophical Quarterly 41 (1):63 - 72.
George Pitcher (1984). The Misfortunes of the Dead. American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (2):183 - 188.
Mark Vorobej (1998). Past Desires. Philosophical Studies 90 (3):305-318.
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Donald W. Bruckner (2013). Present Desire Satisfaction and Past Well-Being. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (1):15 - 29.
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