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Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit

Title Reasons and Persons
Author Derek Parfit
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release 1986-01-23
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 560
ISBN 0191622443
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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.

Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit

Title Reasons and Persons
Author Derek Parfit
Publisher
Release 1984
Category
Total Pages 543
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Principles and Persons by Jeff McMahan

Title Principles and Persons
Author Jeff McMahan
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2021-05-06
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 496
ISBN 0192893998
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Principles and Persons contains twenty-one new essays addressed to themes drawn from the work of the late Derek Parfit. Topics include the nature of reasons and duties, the rationality of our attitudes to time, and the question of personal identity.

Reasons and the Good by Roger Crisp

Title Reasons and the Good
Author Roger Crisp
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release 2006-08-24
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 178
ISBN 0199290334
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This work offers answers to some of the questions in moral philosophy, including: What reasons do we have for acting in one way or another? Are there moral reasons? What are reasons anyway? How can we know about them? What makes for a good human life? How should we weigh the well-being of others against our own?

On what Matters by Derek Parfit

Title On what Matters
Author Derek Parfit
Publisher
Release 2001
Category Ethics
Total Pages
ISBN 9780199265923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This is the follow-up to Derek Parfit's 1984 book 'Reasons and Persons'. Parfit presents a powerful new treatment of reasons, rationality, and normativity, and a critical examination of three systematic moral theories - Kant's ethics, contractualism, and consequentialism - leading to his own ground-breaking synthetic conclusion.

On What Matters by Derek Parfit

Title On What Matters
Author Derek Parfit
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release 2011-05-26
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 848
ISBN 0191613452
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

On What Matters is a major work in moral philosophy. It is the long-awaited follow-up to Derek Parfit's 1984 book Reasons and Persons, one of the landmarks of twentieth-century philosophy. Parfit now presents a powerful new treatment of reasons, rationality, and normativity, and a critical examination of three systematic moral theories - Kant's ethics, contractualism, and consequentialism - leading to his own ground-breaking synthetic conclusion. Along the way he discusses a wide range of moral issues, such as the significance of consent, treating people as a means rather than an end, and free will and responsibility. On What Matters is already the most-discussed work in moral philosophy: its publication is likely to establish it as a modern classic which everyone working on moral philosophy will have to read, and which many others will turn to for stimulation and illumination. The second volume of Derek Parfit's magnum opus is in four parts. The first presents critiques of his work by four of the world's leading moral philosophers. The second contains his responses. The third and longest part is a self-contained monograph by Parfit on normativity. The final part comprises seven new essays by Parfit on Kant, reasons, irrationality, autonomy - and why the universe exists.

Title Death Dying and the Ending of Life
Author M. Pabst Battin
Publisher Routledge
Release 2007
Category Law
Total Pages 500
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Addressing key issues arising from the nature of death, 'Death, Dying and the Ending of Life' examines important topics relating to bioethics, philosophy and literature.

Title Economica
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Release 1992
Category Economics
Total Pages 556
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Parfit s Ethics by Richard Yetter Chappell

Title Parfit s Ethics
Author Richard Yetter Chappell
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2021-05-31
Category Philosophy
Total Pages
ISBN 1108604986
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Derek Parfit (1942–2017) was one of the most important and influential moral philosophers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This Element offers a critical introduction to his wide-ranging ethical thought, focusing especially on his two most significant works, Reasons and Persons (1984) and On What Matters (2011), and their contribution to the consequentialist moral tradition. Topics covered include: rationality and objectivity, distributive justice, self-defeating moral theories, Parfit's Triple Theory (according to which consequentialism, contractualism, and Kantian ethics ultimately converge), personal identity, and population ethics.