Reasons and Persons

Oxford University Press (1984)

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Derek Parfit
Oxford University
Abstract
Challenging, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity, Parfit claims that we have a false view about our own nature. It is often rational to act against our own best interersts, 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.
Keywords Ethics  Rationalism  Self
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Reprint years 1986, 1987
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Call number BJ1012.P39 1984
ISBN(s) 019824908X   9780198249085
DOI 10.2307/2107444
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