Parfit and the Russians
Beck (Simon)
Source: Analysis, Vol. 49, No. 4, Oct., 1989, pp. 205-209
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    Derek Parfit1 provides, in "Reasons and Persons", an account of how some of our moral concepts will be affected on accepting his reductionist view of personal identity. He uses as a central illustration of the way commitment is affected his example of the nineteenth-century Russian. This paper argues that Parfit2's description of the example is seriously misleading, and that commitment is a much more complex matter in Parfit3's world than he acknowledges.

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