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Parfit on Personal Identity

February 4, 2013

Here’s a followup to our discussion on Monday afternoon. Part III (Chapters 10-15) of Derek Parfit‘s Reasons and Persons contains his intriguing and provocative discussion of personal identity. This material is very difficult but worth the effort. You might also want to check out these bits from a BBC documentary on the subject:

Part 1

Part 2

Parfit is now an emeritus professor at Oxford, and I don’t know how active he is in the UK at this point. But he does have professorships at three (not a typo) American universities: Harvard, NYU, and Rutgers.

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