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Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit

Challenging, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity, Derek Parfit claims that we have a false view about our own nature. It is often rational to act against our own best interests, he argues, and most of us have moral views that are self-defeating. We often act wrongly, althou...
Publish Date
1985-12-31T00:00:00.000Z
1985-12-31T00:00:00.000Z
First Published in 1984
Goodreads rating
4.26
ISBN
9780198249085
Recommendations
2
Recommendations
2015-07-08T00:00:00.000Z
I also recommend Derek Parfit’s book, “Reasons and Persons,” which is just brilliant and written as though by an alien intelligence. It’s a deeply strange book filled with thought experiments that bend your intuitions left and right.It’s just a truly strange and unique document and incredibly insightful about morality and questions of identity and well worth reading if you are of a philosophical cast of mind.      source
One of the most important books written in the 20th century.      source