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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 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.

Synopsis:

Reasons and persons challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [533]-540) and index.

About the Author

Derek Parfit is a research fellow at All Souls College.

Table of Contents

Part One — Self-Defeating Theories

Chapter 1. Theories that are Indirectly Self-Defeating

Chapter 2. Practical Dilemmas

Chapter 3. Five Mistakes n Moral Mathematics

Chapter 4. Theories that are Directly Self-Defeating

Chapter 5. Conclusions

Part Two — Rationality and Time

Chapter 6. The Best Objection to the Self-Interest Theory

Chapter 7. The Appeal to Full Relativity

Chapter 8. Different Attitudes to Time

Chapter 9. Why We Should Reject S

Part Three — Personal Identity

Chapter 10. What We Believe Ourselves to Be

Chapter 11. How We are Not What We BElieve

Chapter 12. Why Our Identity is Not What Matters

Chapter 13. What Does Matter

Chapter 14. Personal Identity and Rationality

Chapter 15. Personal Identity and Morality

Part Four — Future Generations

Chapter 16. The Non-Identity Problem

Chapter 17. The Repugnant Conclusion

Chapter 18. The Absurd Conclusion

Chapter 19. The Mere Addition Paradox

Concluding Chapter

Apendices

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198249085
Author:
Parfit, Derek
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Derek
Location:
Oxford:
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Philosophy | History | Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. [533]-540.
Series Volume:
From the Twelfth Cen
Publication Date:
19860231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 figures
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
7.74x5.20x1.23 in. 1.27 lbs.

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