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Derek Parfit

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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The Non‐Identity Problem

The Non‐Identity Problem

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Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit (Contributor Webpage)

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Examines how our identity depends on when we were conceived. It discusses cases that involve all and only the same people, same numbers but different people, and different numbers of people; what weight we should give to the interests of future people. It examines the case of a young girl's child; how lowering the quality of life might be worse for no one; and whether this fact makes any moral difference.

Keywords:   conception, future generations, identity, non‐identity, person, personal identity, pregnancy, quality of life

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