Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

 

PERSONS, REASONS, AND WHAT MATTERS: THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEREK PARFIT

Expiration Date: 07/31/2018

Derek Parfit’s influence has been substantial in the discussions on personal identity, rationality, and ethics in general. On the one hand, since his first works (Parfit 1971, Parfit 1984) he initiated a new trend in the classic debate about criteria of personal identity, putting forward different and more specific methodological requirements. With the so-called “identity doesn’t matter view” he stressed the importance of a metaphysical analysis of personal identity, arguing that (logical) identity doesn’t matter in survival. On the other hand, Parfit analysed the relation between rationality and time (Parfit…