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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (1): 79–105.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Stephen Darwall Derek Parfit's Reasons and Persons (1984) mounted a striking defense of Act Consequentialism against a Rawls-inspired Kantian orthodoxy in moral philosophy. On What Matters (2011) is notable for its serious engagement with Kant's ethics and for its arguments in support of the...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (4): 379–428.
Published: 01 October 2014
... mind in action, this essay examines a debate between David Lewis and Derek Parfit over what matters in survival. Lewis argued that indeterminacy in personal identity allows caring about psychological connectedness and caring about personal identity to amount to the same thing. The essay argues that...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (1): 95–130.
Published: 01 January 2020
... reasons internalism Agony Argument Derek Parfit According to subjectivism about reasons, your desires are the source of all of your reasons for action: whenever there is a reason for you to perform an action, this is explained by the fact that the action is appropriately related to at least one...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (1): 87–102.
Published: 01 January 2009
... identical with the person whose experience of the past event caused it. Remembering in the ordinary way is supposed to be a special case of quasi-remembering, one in which the identity con- dition is satisfied. Derek Parfit and I made use of the notion ofquasi- memory in answering the objection...
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The Philosophical Review (2013) 122 (4): 657–661.
Published: 01 October 2013
... books by Brad Hooker (2000) , David Cummiskey (1996) , and Derek Parfit (2011) . Hurley makes many important points in these chapters. Consequentialists have not explained how anyone could have decisive reasons to be moral if consequentialism is the correct theory of moral standards. They have...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (3): 428–430.
Published: 01 July 2001
... be cases in which we act wrongly by failing to act in such a way that the past would have been better while the future would have been worse. Chapter 11 supports hedonistic utilitarianism against various moral objections. The theory implies versions of Derek Parfit’s repugnant...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (1): 43–77.
Published: 01 January 2014
... through sec. 26 of “Of Identity and Diversity” in Locke 1975 [1694] .  4. Such redundancies, though not realistic, are metaphysically possible.  3. I am referring here to the sort of division cases famously explored by Derek Parfit (1984 , chap. 12).  2. By “now am virtuous...
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The Philosophical Review (2003) 112 (2): 215–245.
Published: 01 April 2003
... with equanimity; it is harder to view changes in ideals that way.20 In Reasons and Persons Derek Parfit is more emphatic than Nagel that such intrapersonal conflicts of value undermine temporal neutrality and prudence (or the self-interest theory, as he calls it). Writing of Nagel’s example...
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The Philosophical Review (2016) 125 (4): 451–472.
Published: 01 October 2016
... consequences (in now common terms: whether it is ex-post justifiable to all ). 6 And they have further things to say in support of their view. Derek Parfit, writing about progressivist moral theories and cases like At the Doctor, suggests that if we find the idea that it is morally fine to act out of...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (3): 433–463.
Published: 01 July 2020
..., there might be a problem with how some philosophers have used examples of this kind, but identifying that problem offers no support for DG. Derek Parfit, in his defense of the idea that wrongdoing is impersonally bad, claims such examples misleadingly suggest we can prevent all serious wrongdoing by...
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The Philosophical Review (2003) 112 (3): 289–337.
Published: 01 July 2003
...- cept of memory.17 Butler complained that such an analysis is circular, because memory presupposes personal identity and is not intelligible independently of it.18 Shoemaker proposed a way of answering Butler. Parfit followed this proposal with a similar one. They appealed to a...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (2): 201–242.
Published: 01 April 2010
... moral worth may tell us something about which actions are right after all. In section 1, I introduce and begin to argue against the traditional Kantian account of moral worth, according to which morally worthy I owe thanks to Stephen Kearns, Daniel Markovits, Derek Parfit, Rebecca Markovits...
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The Philosophical Review (2019) 128 (4): 423–462.
Published: 01 October 2019
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The Philosophical Review (2000) 109 (1): 35–61.
Published: 01 January 2000
... the identity of a person over time consists primarily in overlapping strands of various kinds of psychological ties-in Derek Parfit’s terminology, overlapping strands of psychological connectednesLocke, as he 22See my Intention, Plans, and Practical Reason, 7849, and my “Respon...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 381–384.
Published: 01 July 2010
... the kind of criticisms of the normative stand- ing of final desires for saucers of mud, or the countings of blades of grass,or pain on a future Tuesday, offered by Elizabeth Anscombe, John Rawls, and 396 BOOK REVIEWS Derek Parfit...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 384–391.
Published: 01 July 2010
... BOOK REVIEWS Derek Parfit. Again, the omission may be revelatory of a more general trend in the local debate.) Catherine Wilson traces the interrelations between J. M. Coetzee’s novel Disgrace, and Bernard Williams’s work on shame, luck, and necessity, while Robert Solomon examines the...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 391–394.
Published: 01 July 2010
... the kind of criticisms of the normative stand- ing of final desires for saucers of mud, or the countings of blades of grass,or pain on a future Tuesday, offered by Elizabeth Anscombe, John Rawls, and 396 BOOK REVIEWS Derek Parfit...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 394–398.
Published: 01 July 2010
... for saucers of mud, or the countings of blades of grass,or pain on a future Tuesday, offered by Elizabeth Anscombe, John Rawls, and 396 BOOK REVIEWS Derek Parfit. Again, the omission may be revelatory of a more general trend in the...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 398–401.
Published: 01 July 2010
... the kind of criticisms of the normative stand- ing of final desires for saucers of mud, or the countings of blades of grass,or pain on a future Tuesday, offered by Elizabeth Anscombe, John Rawls, and 396 BOOK REVIEWS Derek Parfit...
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The Philosophical Review (2007) 116 (4): 647–650.
Published: 01 October 2007