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Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit


This book has four loosely connected parts. Part One discusses some ways in which theories about morality and rationality can be self‐defeating. Such theories give us certain aims, but also tell us to act in ways that frustrate these aims. If these theories are revised, these objections can be partly met.

Keywords: consequentialism, ethics, future generations, morality, Parfit, personal identity, persons, philosophy of mind, rationality, reasons, self‐interest, time

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Print publication date: 1986 Print ISBN-13: 9780198249085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019824908X.001.0001


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