Reasons and Persons / Edition 1

Reasons and Persons / Edition 1

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by Derek Parfit
     
 

ISBN-10: 019824908X

ISBN-13: 9780198249085

Pub. Date: 02/20/1986

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198249085
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/20/1986
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
608,449
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.98(d)

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

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