Past Desires and the Dead
Luper (Steven)
Source: Philosophical Studies; Dec. 2005, Vol. 126 Issue 3, p331-345, 15p
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  1. I examine an argument that appears to take us from Parfit’s1 (1984) thesis that we have no reason to fulfil desires we no longer care about to the conclusion that the effect of posthumous events on our desires is a matter of indifference (the post-mortem thesis).
  2. I suspect that many of Parfit’s2 readers, including "Vorobej (Mark) - Past Desires" (1998), think that he is committed to (something like) this reasoning, and that Parfit3 must therefore give up the post-mortem thesis.
  3. However, as it turns out, the argument is subtly equivocal and does not commit Parfit4 to the post-mortem thesis.
  4. I close with some doubts about Parfit’s5 case for his indifference thesis.

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Footnote 1: See "Parfit (Derek) - Reasons and Persons".

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