Reasons and Persons, Paperback
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This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; and that, when we consider future generations the conclusions will often be disturbing.

He concludes that moral non-religious moral philosophy is a young subject, with a promising but unpredictable future.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, 28figs.
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780198249085



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I've often felt this book has not received the attention that it deserves. While not exactly what one would call an easy read, the arguments overwhelm the reader and, perhaps, permanently change one's views.

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