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Reasons and persons
by Derek Parfit.

Published by Clarendon Press in Oxford [Oxfordshire] .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

1 Self-Defeating Theories
1 Theories That Are Indirectly Self-Defeating 3
1 The Self-interest Theory 3
2 How S Can Be Indirectly Self-defeating 5
3 Does S Tell Us To Be Never Self-denying? 7
4 Why S Does Not Fail In Its Own Terms 11
5 Could It Be Rational To Cause Onself to Act Irrationally? 12
6 How S Implies that We Cannot Avoid Acting Irrationally 13
7 An Argument For Rejecting S When It Comflicts With Morality 17
8 Why This Argument Fails 19
9 How S Might Be Self-Effacing 23
10 How Consequentialism Is Indirectly Self-defeating 24
11 Why C Does Not Fail In Its Own Terms 28
12 The Ethics of Fantasy 29
13 Collective Consequentialism 30
14 Blameless Wrongdoing 31
15 Could It Be Impossible to Avoid Acting Wrongly? 35
16 Could It Be Right to Cause Oneself to Act Wrongly? 37
17 How C Might Be Self-Effacing 40
18 The Objection that Assumes Inflexibility 43
19 Can Being Rational or Moral Be a Mere Means? 45
20 Conclusions 49
2 Practical Dilemmas 53
21 Why C Cannot Be Directly Self-defeating 53
22 How Theories Can Be Directly Self-defeating 55
23 Prisoner's Dilemmas and Public Goods 56
24 The Practical Problem and its Solutions 62
3 Five Mistakes in Moral Mathematics 67
25 The Share-of-the-Total View 67
26 Ignoring the Effects of Sets of Acts 70
27 Ignoring Small Chances 73
28 Ignoring Small or Imperceptible Effects 75
29 Can There Be Imperceptible Harms and Benefits? 78
30 Overdetermination 82
31 Rational Altruism 83
4 Theories That Are Directly Self-Defeating 87
32 In Prisoner's Dilemmas, Does S Fail in Its Own Terms? 88
33 Another Bad Defence of Morality 91
34 Intertemporal Dilemmas 92
35 A Bad Defence of S 93
36 How Common-Sense Morality Is Directly Self-Defeating 95
37 The Five Parts of a Moral Theory 98
38 How We Can Revise Common-Sense Morality so that It Would Not Be Self-Defeating 100
39 Why We Ought to Revise Common-Sense Morality 103
40 A Simpler Revision 108
5 Two Possibilities 111
41 Reducing the DIstance between M and C 111
42 The First Possibility 112
43 Work to be Done 113
44 The Second Possibility 114
2 Rationality and Time
6 The Best Objection to the Self-Interest Theory 117
45 The Present-aim Theory 117
46 Can Desires Be Intrinsically Irrational, or Rationally Required? 120
47 Three Competing Theories 126
48 Psychological Egoism 127
49 The Self-interest Theory and Morality 129
50 My First Argument 130
51 The S-Theorist's First Reply 132
52 Why Temporal Neutrality Is Not the Issue Between S and P 133

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. [533]-540.
Includes index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class 170
Library of Congress BJ1012 .P39 1984

The Physical Object

Pagination xv, 543 p. :
Number of pages 543

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3172889M
Internet Archive reasonspersons00parf_683
ISBN 10 0198246153
LC Control Number 83015139
Goodreads 3016983

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