Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

 

Why Should One Care About One’s Own Future?

Issue: Issue 9 • Author/s: Julien Bugnon, Martine Nida-Rümelin
Topics: Metaphysics

Our natural attitude is to care about the fate of a future person in a special manner once we know that this person is none other than ourselves. In the present paper, we defend the rationality of that attitude against Parfit’s famous contrary claim that ‘identity does not matter’. We argue that it is intrinsically bad for a conscious subject to have negative experiences, and that one therefore has reasons of a special kind (de se subject-relative reasons) to avoid having such experiences in the future. Our argument makes crucial…