Order:
Disambiguations
Derek Parfit [61]Derek A. Parfit [3]D. Parfit [1]
See also
Profile: Derek Parfit (Oxford University)
  1. On What Matters.Parfit Derek - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
    On What Matters is already the most-discussed work in moral philosophy: its publication is likely to establish it as a modern classic which everyone working on ...
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   167 citations  
  2. Reasons and Persons.Derek Parfit - 1984 - Oxford University Press.
    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 (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   980 citations  
  3. Equality or Priority.Derek Parfit - unknown
    This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for 1991, given by Derek Parfit, a British philosopher.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   21 citations  
  4. Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons.Derek A. Parfit - 1987 - In Colin Blakemore & Susan A. Greenfield (eds.), Mindwaves. Blackwell.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   2 citations  
  5. Equality and Priority.Derek Parfit - 1997 - Ratio 10 (3):202–221.
  6. Reasons and Motivation.Derek Parfit - 1997 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 71 (1):99–130.
    When we have a normative reason, and we act for that reason, it becomes our motivating reason. But we can have either kind of reason without having the other. Thus, if I jump into the canal, my motivating reason was provided by my belief; but I had no normative reason to jump. I merely thought I did. And, if I failed to notice that the canal was frozen, I had a reason not to jump that, because it was unknown to (...)
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   78 citations  
  7. We Are Not Human Beings.Derek Parfit - 2012 - Philosophy 87 (01):5-28.
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   14 citations  
  8. Personal Identity.Derek Parfit - 1971 - Philosophical Review 80 (January):3-27.
  9.  45
    On What Matters: Volume One.Derek Parfit - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
    This is the first volume of a major work in moral philosophy, the long-awaited follow-up to Parfit's classic Reasons and Persons, a landmark of 20th-century philosophy. Parfit presents a powerful new treatment of reasons and a critical examination of the most prominent systematic moral theories, leading to his own ground-breaking conclusion.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   13 citations  
  10. Another Defence of the Priority View.Derek Parfit - 2012 - Utilitas 24 (03):399-440.
    This article discusses the relation between prioritarian and egalitarian principles, whether and why we need to appeal to both kinds of principle, how prioritarians can answer various objections, especially those put forward by Michael Otsuka and Alex Voorhoeve, the moral difference between cases in which our acts could affect only one person or two or more people, veil of ignorance contractualism and utilitarianism, what prioritarians should claim about cases in which the effects of our acts are uncertain, the relative moral (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   14 citations  
  11. Climbing the Mountain.Derek Parfit - forthcoming - Oxford University Press.
    No categories
    Translate
     
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   13 citations  
  12.  18
    Future People, the Non-Identity Problem, and Person-Affecting Principles.Derek Parfit - 2017 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 45 (2):118-157.
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  13. The Unimportance of Identity.Derek Parfit - 1995 - In H. Harris (ed.), Identity. Oxford University Press. pp. 13-45.
    We can start with some science fiction. Here on Earth, I enter the Teletransporter. When I press some button, a machine destroys my body, while recording the exact states of all my cells. The information is sent by radio to Mars, where another machine makes, out of organic materials, a perfect copy of my body. The person who wakes up on Mars seems to remember living my life up to the moment when I pressed the button, and he is in (...)
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   13 citations  
  14. Rationality and Reasons.Derek Parfit - unknown
    When Ingmar and I discuss metaphysics or morality, our views are seldom far apart. Hut on the subjects of this paper, rationality and reasons, we deeply disagree.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   7 citations  
  15. Justifiability to Each Person.Derek Parfit - 2003 - Ratio 16 (4):368–390.
    sonable, in this sense, if we ignore, or give too little weight to, some other people's well-being or moral claims.' Some critics have suggested that, because Scanlon appeals to this sense of 'reasonable', his formula is empty. On this objection, whenever we believe that some act is wrong, we shall believe that people have moral claims not to be treated in this way. We could therefore argue that such acts are disallowed by some principle which no one could reasonably reject, (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   13 citations  
  16. On What Matters: Two-Volume Set.Derek Parfit - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
    This is a major work in moral philosophy, the long-awaited follow-up to Parfit's 1984 classic Reasons and Persons, a landmark of twentieth-century philosophy. Parfit now presents a powerful new treatment of reasons and a critical examination of the most prominent systematic moral theories, leading to his own ground-breaking conclusion.
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   4 citations  
  17. Normativity.Derek Parfit - 2006 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 1:325-80.
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   9 citations  
  18.  96
    Can We Avoid the Repugnant Conclusion?Derek Parfit - 2016 - Theoria 82 (2):110-127.
    According to the Repugnant Conclusion: Compared with the existence of many people who would all have some very high quality of life, there is some much larger number of people whose existence would be better, even though these people would all have lives that were barely worth living. I suggest some ways in which we might be able to avoid this conclusion. I try to defend a strong form of lexical superiority.
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  19. Overpopulation and the Quality of Life.Derek Parfit - 2004 - In J. Ryberg & T. Tännsjö (eds.), The Repugnant Conclusion. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 7-22.
    How many people should there be? Can there be overpopulation: too many people living? I shall present a puzzling argument about these questions, show how this argument can be strengthened, then sketch a possible reply.
    Direct download  
    Translate
     
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  20.  18
    On What Matters: Volume Two.Derek Parfit - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
    This is the second volume of a major new work in moral philosophy. It starts with critiques of Derek Parfit's work by four eminent moral philosophers, and his responses. The largest part of the volume is a self-contained monograph on normativity. The final part comprises seven new essays on Kant, reasons, and why the universe exists.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  21.  84
    Comments.Derek Parfit - 1986 - Ethics 96 (4):832-872.
  22. Future Generations: Further Problems.Derek Parfit - 1982 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 11 (2):113-172.
  23.  45
    Personal and Omnipersonal Duties in Advance.Derek Parfit - forthcoming - The Harvard Review of Philosophy.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  24. Personal Identity and Rationality.Derek Parfit - 1982 - Synthese 53 (2):227-241.
    There are two main views about the nature of personal identity. I shall briehy describe these views, say without argument which I believe to be true, and then discuss the implications of this view for one of the main conceptions of rationality. This conception I shall call "C1assical Prudence." I shall argue that, on what I believe to be the true view about personal identity, Classical Prudence is indefensible.
    Direct download (8 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   7 citations  
  25. Lewis, Perry, and What Matters.Derek Parfit - 1976 - In Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), The Identities of Persons. University of California Press.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   12 citations  
  26. Innumerate Ethics.Derek Parfit - 1978 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 7 (4):285-301.
    Suppose that we can help either one person or many others. Is it a reason t0 help the many that We should thus be helping more people? John Taurek thinks not. We may learn from his arguments.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   14 citations  
  27.  69
    Experiences, Subjects, and Conceptual Schemes.Derek A. Parfit - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 26 (1/2):217-70.
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   8 citations  
  28.  31
    Personal and Omnipersonal Duties.Derek Parfit - 2016 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 23:1-15.
  29. Later Selves and Moral Principles.Derek A. Parfit - 1973 - In A. Montefiore (ed.), Philosophy and Personal Relations. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   11 citations  
  30.  60
    Why Our Identity is Not What Matters.Derek Parfit - 2003 - In Raymond Martin & John Barresi (eds.), Personal Identity. Blackwell. pp. 115--143.
    Presents actual cases of brain bisection; how we might be able to divide and reunite our minds; what explains the unity of consciousness at any time; the imagined case of full division, in which each half of our brain would be successfully transplanted into the empty skull of another body; why neither of the resulting people would be us; why this would not matter, since our relation to each of these people contains what matters in the prudential sense, giving us (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  31. Why Anything? Why This?Derek Parfit - 2004 - In Tim Crane & Katalin Farkas (eds.), Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology. Oxford University Press.
    No categories
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   4 citations  
  32. Why Does the Universe Exist?Derek Parfit - 1991 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 1 (1):4-5.
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  33. Persons, Bodies, and Human Beings.Derek Parfit - 2008 - In Theodore Sider, John Hawthorne & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. Blackwell.
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   2 citations  
  34.  24
    Selfless Persons.Steven Collins & Derek Parfit - 1986 - Philosophy East and West 36 (3):289-298.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   9 citations  
  35. On the Importance of Self-Identity.Derek Parfit - 1971 - Journal of Philosophy 68 (October):683-90.
  36.  62
    Postscript.Derek Parfit - 2004 - In Jesper Ryberg & Torbjörn Tännsjö (eds.), The Classical Review. pp. 387-388.
    The reasoning in this anthology shows how hard it is to form acceptable theories in cases that involve different numbers of people. That's highly important. And it gives us ground for worry about our appeal to particular theories in the other two kinds of case: those which involve the same numbers, in the different outcomes, though these are not all the same people, and those which do involve all and only the same people. But there is still a clear distinction (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  37. The Indeterminacy of Identity: A Reply to Brueckner.Derek Parfit - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 70 (1):23 - 33.
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  38. The Puzzle of Reality: Why Does the Universe Exist?Derek Parfit - 1992 - In Peter van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Blackwell. pp. 418-427.
    No categories
    Translate
     
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  39. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions.Margaret A. Boden, Richard B. Brandt, Peter Caldwell, Fred Feldman, John Martin Fischer, Richard Hare, David Hume, W. D. Joske, Immanuel Kant, Frederick Kaufman, James Lenman, John Leslie, Steven Luper-Foy, Michaelis Michael, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit, George Pitcher, Stephen E. Rosenbaum, David Schmidtz, Arthur Schopenhauer, David B. Suits, Richard Taylor & Bernard Williams - 2004 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better if we were immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Life, Death, and Meaning brings together key readings, primarily by English-speaking philosophers, on such 'big questions.'.
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   2 citations  
  40.  43
    Acts and Outcomes: A Reply to Boonin-Vail.Derek Parfit - 1996 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 25 (4):308-316.
    Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of J STOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use, available at http://www.jstor.org/about/terms.html. J STOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use provides, in part, that unless you have obtained prior permission, you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles, and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal, non—commercial use.
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  41.  1
    Reasons and Motivation.Derek Parfit - 1997 - Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 71 (1):99-130.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   4 citations  
  42. Kant's Arguments for His Formula of Universal Law.Derek Parfit - 2006 - In Christine Sypnowich (ed.), The Egalitarian Conscience: Essays in Honour of G. A. Cohen. Oxford University Press.
  43.  17
    Bombs and Coconuts, or Rational Irrationality.Derek Parfit - 2001 - In Christopher W. Morris & Arthur Ripstein (eds.), Practical Rationality and Preference: Essays for David Gauthier. Cambridge University Press. pp. 81--97.
  44.  70
    Is Common-Sense Morality Self-Defeating?Derek Parfit - 1979 - Journal of Philosophy 76 (10):533-545.
    When is a moral theory self-defeating? I suggest the following. There are certain things we ought to try to achieve. Call these our moral aims. Our moral theory would be self-defeating if we believed we ought to do what will cause our moral aims to be worse achieved. Is this ever true? If so, what does it show?
    Direct download (7 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  45.  48
    An Interview with Derek Parfit.Derek Parfit - 1995 - Cogito 9 (1995):115-125.
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  46. What We Could Rationally Will.Derek Parfit - 2002 - The Tanner Lectures on Human Values.
    DEREK PARFIT is senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He regularly teaches there and is also afŠliated with New York University and Harvard. He was educated at Oxford and was a Harkness Fellow at Columbia and Harvard. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Temple, Rice, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has made major contributions to our understanding (...)
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
  47.  27
    A Reply to Sterba.Derek Parfit - 1987 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 16 (2):193-194.
    I did not, as James Sterba writes, claim to have explained "the asymmetry view." I claimed that, since my suggested explanation makes it impossible to solve the Paradox of Future Individuals, "we must abandon" one of its essential premises (my p. i52). Sterba's main claim is that my suggested explanation "does not so much explain or justify the [asymmetry] view as simply restate it." Is this so? My explanation assumed (W) that an act cannot be wrong if it will not (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   3 citations  
  48. Reductionism and Personal Identity.Derek Parfit - 2002 - In David J. Chalmers (ed.), Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press. pp. 655-51.
  49.  52
    Rationality and Time.Derek Parfit - 1983 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 84:47 - 82.
    One theory about rationality is the Self-interest Theory, or S. S claims that what each of us has most reason to do is whatever would be best for himself. And it is irrational for anyone to do what he knows would be worse for himself. When morality conflicts with self-interest, many people would reject the Self-interest Theory. But most of these people would accept one of the claims that S makes. This is the claim that we should not care less (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography   1 citation  
  50.  18
    44. Reasons and Persons.Derek Parfit - 2016 - In Bernard Williams (ed.), Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002. Princeton University Press. pp. 218-224.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    My bibliography  
1 — 50 / 65