Morality and Personal Identity

Torbjörn Tännsjö

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Keywords: Metaphysics, Morality, Parfit, Person, Personal identity, Reductionism.

: In the present paper I investigate some connections between metaphysics and morality. The point of departure of my discussion are the views put forward on personal identity py Derek Parfit. The upshot of my investigation is a defence of the view that personal identity is a moral notion. Metaphysics and moral philosophy cannot be pursued in isolation from each other. However, Parfit to the contrafy notwithstanding, moral considerations ought to determine our view of personal identity, not the other way round.

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