Theories That Are Directly Self‐Defeating

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI:
 Theories That Are Directly Self‐Defeating

Show Summary Details


Examines whether it is an objection to S that, in some cases, S is directly collectively self‐defeating; some bad defences of S and M why it is an objection to M that this theory is directly collectively self‐defeating; how and why we ought to solve this problem by revising M. The different parts of moral theories are also explored.

Keywords: agent‐relative; prisoner's dilemma; public goods; self‐defeating

Chapter.  11436 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or purchase to access all content.