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Personal Identity and Morality

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019824908X.003.0015
 Personal Identity and Morality

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Discusses Autonomy and Paternalism; becoming and ceasing to be a person, or human being; whether reductionism about persons undermines desert. It examines personal identity and commitments; the separateness of persons and principles of distributive justice – whether we should extend the scope of these principles, and give them less weight, whether the units for distributive principles should be lives, successive selves, or people at times, and how a reductionist view gives some support to the utilitarian rejection of distributive principles.

Keywords: abortion; commitment; compensation; desert; distributive justice; person; personal identity; reductionism; utilitarianism

Chapter.  13709 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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