- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780198249085
- ISBN-13: 978-0198249085
- ASIN: 019824908X
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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Reasons and Persons (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback – 1986
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Challenging, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity, Parfit claims that we have a false view about our own nature. It is often rational to act against our own best interests, he argues, and most of us have moral views that are self-defeating. We often act wrongly, although we know there will be no one with serious grounds for complaint, and when we consider future generations it is very hard to avoid conclusions that most of us will find very disturbing.
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The first part of the book is a technical dissection of the ethical behavior theories of self interest and collective utility. It ties together with the rest of the book, but if that is not your bag I think you can pretty safely skip it.
One stand out, for me, was the thorough destruction of theories of the Cartesian ego. It opened my eyes to the problems that idea has caused throughout history. (That is my realization, it is not in the book.)
It did not seem long. An excellent read overall.
The Kindle edition has about 10 typos, but in addition there is a fairly confusing typographical error in one of the appendices: a capital T is used instead of I in single quotes ('I'). Now you are warned, all of you who read 6 or 7 appendices in philosophy books. :)
One of the most interesting studies in the theory of rational choice and of the theory of personal identity AND the relations between the two..