Reasons and Persons
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.
- Paperback | 560 pages
- 127 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
- 20 Feb 1986
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
Back cover copy
Reasons and persons challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity.
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 * In Reasons and Persons, [Parfit's] clipped prose, with its repetitive sentences, poetic cadence and sly humour becomes the vehicle for a depth and range of insight rarely matched in recent philosophy. * Kieran Setiya, Times Literary Supplement *
About Derek Parfit
Derek Parfit is a research fellow at All Souls College.