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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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„Why shouldn’t I eat toothpaste? It’s a free world. Why shouldn’t I chew my toenails? i happen to have trodden in some honey. Why shouldn’t I prance across central park with delicate sideways leaps? I know what your answer will be: “it isn’t done.”“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

But it’s no earthly use just saying it isn’t done. If there’s a reason why it isn’t done, give the reason—if there’s no reason, don’t attempt to stop me doing it. All other things being equal, the mere fact that something “isn’t done” is in itself an excellent reason for doing it.

p.101
Reasons and Persons (1984)

„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

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

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

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

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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

„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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