Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

Persons, Reasons, and What Matters: The Philosophy of Derek Parfit


Guest editor
Fabio Patrone (University of Genova)

Invited contributors
John Perry (Stanford University)
Eric T. Olson (University of Sheffield)
Martine Nida-Rümelin (University of Fribourg)

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Deadline for submission: September 30th, 2018
Notification of acceptance: January 31st, 2019

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 1984: Ch. 2), as well as the concerns about the future generations (Ch. 4), and argued in favour of a universal moral theory (Parfit 2011).
The purpose of this issue is to stress Parfit’s influence in the contemporary philosophical debate, and the significance of his revolutionary ideas. We welcome papers that analyse Parfit’s theses on (but not limited to) the following topics:

– Parfit “identity doesn’t matter view”
– Personal identity and its criteria
– Thought experiments
– Reductionism
– Time and rationality

Parfit D. (1971), “Personal Identity”, Philosophical Review 80, 3-27.
Parfit D. (1984), Reasons and Persons, Oxford: OUP.
Parfit D. (2011), On What Matters, Oxford: OUP.

Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 8000 words.  For the presentation of their articles, authors are requested to take into account the instructions available under Information for Authors. Submissions must be suitable for blind review. Each submission should also include a brief abstract of no more than 250 words and five keywords for indexing purposes. To submit a paper, please visit this page.