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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198249085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019824908X.001.0001

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Different Attitudes to Time

Different Attitudes to Time

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(p.149) 8 Different Attitudes to Time
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Reasons and Persons
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Derek Parfit (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019824908X.003.0008

Discusses whether it is irrational to give no weight to past desires – desires that depend on value judgements or ideals; three attitudes to time: caring more about, or being biased towards, what is near, what is in the future and what is present – whether these attitudes are rational; the direction of causation; how it would be better for us if we were temporally neutral; Time's passage; and the asymmetry in our attitudes to our own lives and the lives of others.

Keywords:   bias, causation, future, present, rationality, time, value judgement

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