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Reasons and Persons

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 28figs.
  • 019824908X
  • 9780198249085
  • 26,032

Review quote

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 Booksshow more

About Derek Parfit

Derek Parfit is a research fellow at All Souls College.show more

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Reasons and persons challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity.show more

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