The Non‐Identity Problem

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI:
 The Non‐Identity Problem

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Examines how our identity depends on when we were conceived. It discusses cases that involve all and only the same people, same numbers but different people, and different numbers of people; what weight we should give to the interests of future people. It examines the case of a young girl's child; how lowering the quality of life might be worse for no one; and whether this fact makes any moral difference.

Keywords: conception; future generations; identity; non‐identity; person; personal identity; pregnancy; quality of life

Chapter.  14205 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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