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- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
- Format: Paperback | 560 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 28mm | 635g
- Publication date: 20 February 1986
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 019824908X
- ISBN 13: 9780198249085
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 28figs.
- Sales rank: 30,151
This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; and that, when we consider future generations the conclusions will often be disturbing. He concludes that moral non-religious moral philosophy is a young subject, with a promising but unpredictable future.
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Derek Parfit is a research fellow at All Souls College.
"Very few works in the subject can compare with Parfit's in scope, fertility, imaginative resource, and cogency of reasoning."--P.F. Strawson, The New York Review of Books"Complex, brilliant, and entertaining....This book is chock-full of impressive arguments, many of which seem destined to become part of the standard analytic repertory....It is an understatement to say that it is well worth reading."--International Studies in Philosophy"Extraordinary...Brilliant...Astonishingly rich in ideas...A major contribution to philosophy: it will be read, honoured, and argued about for many years to come."--Samuel Scheffler, Times Literary Supplement"A brilliantly clever and imaginative book...Strange and excitingly intense."--Alan Ryan, Sunday Times (London)"Not many books reset the philosophical agenda in the way that this one does....Western philosophy, especially systematic ethics, will not be the same again."--Philosophical Books
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Reasons and persons challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity.