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Derek Parfit

Geburtstag: 11. Dezember 1942
Todesdatum: 1. Januar 2017

Derek Antony Parfit war ein britischer Philosoph, der am All Souls College der University of Oxford forschte. Parfits Schwerpunkte waren Fragen der personalen Identität, der normativen Ethik und der Moralbegründung. Wikipedia

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„My life seemed like a glass tunnel, through which I was moving faster every year, and at the end of which there was darkness. When I changed my view, the walls of my glass tunnel disappeared. I now live in the open air.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Reasons and Persons (1984), p. 281
Kontext: Is the truth depressing? Some may find it so. But I find it liberating, and consoling. When I believed that my existence was a further fact, I seemed imprisoned in myself. My life seemed like a glass tunnel, through which I was moving faster every year, and at the end of which there was darkness. When I changed my view, the walls of my glass tunnel disappeared. I now live in the open air. There is still a difference between my life and the lives of other people. But the difference is less. I am less concerned about the rest of my own life, and more concerned about the lives of others.

„We are paternalists when we make someone act in his own interests.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Reasons and Persons (1984), p. 321

„Certain actual sleeping pills cause retrograde amnesia. It can be true that, if I take such a pill, I shall remain awake for an hour, but after my night’s sleep I shall have no memories of the second half of this hour. I have in fact taken such pills, and found out what the results are like. Suppose that I took such a pill nearly an hour ago. The person who wakes up in my bed tomorrow will not be psychologically continuous with me as I was half an hour ago. I am now on psychological branch-line, which will end soon when I fall asleep. During this half-hour, I am psychologically continuous with myself in the past. But I am not now psychologically continuous with myself in the future. I shall never later remember what I do or think or feel during this half-hour. This means that, in some respects, my relation to myself tomorrow is like a relation to another person. Suppose, for instance, that I have been worrying about some practical question. I now see the solution. Since it is clear what I should do, I form a firm intention. In the rest of my life, it would be enough to form this intention. But, when I am no this psychological branch-line, this is not enough. I shall not later remember what I have now decided, and I shall not wake up with the intention that I have now formed. I must therefore communicate with myself tomorrow as if I was communicating with someone else. I must write myself a letter, describing my decision, and my new intention. I must then place this letter where I am bound to notice it tomorrow. I do not in fact have any memories of making such a decision, and writing such a letter. But I did once find such a letter underneath my razor.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Reasons and Persons (1984), pp. 287-288

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„Even if moral truths cannot affect people, they can still be truths.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Derek Parfit, ‘Reasons and Motivation’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, supp. vol. 71 (1997), p. 111

„Though everything is identical with itself, only I am me.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Reasons and Persons (1984), p. 25

„Why do we save the larger number? Because we do give equal weight to saving each. Each counts for one. That is why more count for more.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Derek Parfit, ‘Innumerate Ethics’, Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol. 7, no. 4 (Summer, 1978), p. 301

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