Reasons and Persons

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 29mm | 574g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 019824908X
  • 9780198249085
  • 26,377

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

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 * 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 *
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About Derek Parfit

Derek Parfit is a research fellow at All Souls College.
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