Derek Parfit

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Derek Parfit


Born
December 11, 1942

Died
January 01, 2017

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Derek Parfit was a British Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University specializing in personal identity, rationality, ethics, and the relations between them.

Average rating: 4.22 · 2,149 ratings · 158 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Reasons and Persons

4.27 avg rating — 1,583 ratings — published 1984 — 14 editions
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On What Matters: Volume One

4.18 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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On What Matters: Volumes 1 ...

4.23 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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On What Matters: Volume Two

4.25 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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On What Matters: Volume 3

4.57 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2017 — 3 editions
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Why Anything? Why This?

3.94 avg rating — 18 ratings
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Personal Identity

3.71 avg rating — 7 ratings
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Prudencia, Moralidad Y El D...

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Jämlikhet eller prioritet

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1991
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Two Concepts of Rules

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“My life seemed like a glass tunnel, through which I was moving faster every year, and at the end of which there was darkness. When I changed my view, the walls of my glass tunnel disappeared. I now live in the open air.”
Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons

“We ought not to do to our future selves what it would be wrong to do to other people.”
Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons

“What now matters most is how we respond to various risks to the survival of humanity. We are creating some of these risks, and discovering how we could respond to these and other risks. If we reduce these risks, and humanity survives the next few centuries, our descendants or successors could end these risks by spreading through this galaxy.

Life can be wonderful as well as terrible, and we shall increasingly have the power to make life good. Since human history may be only just beginning, we can expect that future humans, or supra-humans, may achieve some great goods that we cannot now even imagine. In Nietzsche’s words, there has never been such a new dawn and clear horizon, and such an open sea.

If we are the only rational beings in the Universe, as some recent evidence suggests, it matters even more whether we shall have descendants or successors during the billions of years in which that would be possible. Some of our successors might live lives and create worlds that, though failing to justify past suffering, would give us all, including some of those who have suffered, reasons to be glad that the Universe exists.”
Derek Parfit, On What Matters: Volume 3

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