Derek Parfit: a bibliography

This is, to the best of my knowledge, a complete bibliography of the writings of Derek Parfit.  It was first created when I was a student at the University of Toronto, in the context of a discussion group on Parfit’s work that I started with a few friends there.  When I went to Oxford to pursue graduate studies, the original site was moved to a new web address.  After my affiliation to that university concluded, my personal website was shut down, and as a result this bibliography ceased to be online.  I am now reposting it here, where it will remain for the foreseeable future.  Comments, private or public, are warmly welcome.

  • On what matters, vol. 3. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Can we avoid the repugnant conclusion?Theoria, vol. 82, no. 2 (May, 2016), pp. 110-127.
  • Personal and omnipersonal dutiesThe Harvard review of philosophy, vol. 23 (2016), pp. 1-15.
  • Another defence of the priority view, Utilitas, vol. 24, no. 3 (September, 2012), pp. 399-440.
  • We are not human beings, Philosophy, vol. 87, no. 1 (January, 2012), pp. 6-28.
  • On what matters, vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • On what matters, vol. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Persons, bodies, and human beings, in Dean Zimmerman, Theodore Sider & John Hawthorne (eds.) Contemporary debates in metaphysics, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008, pp. 177-208.
  • Is personal identity what matters?, The Ammonius Foundation, December 31, 2007.
  • Kant’s arguments for his formula of universal law, in Christine Sypnowich (ed.) The egalitarian conscience : essays in honour of G. A. Cohen, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 56-69.
  • Normativity, in Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) Oxford studies in metaethics, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006, pp. 325-380.
  • Postscript, in Jesper Ryberg & Torbjörn Tännsjö (eds.) The repugnant conclusion : essays on population ethics, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004, p. 257.
  • Justifiability to each person, Ratio, vol. 16, no. 4 (December, 2003), pp. 368-390.
  • What we could rationally will, The Tanner lectures on human values, 2002.
  • Rationality and reasons, in Dan Egonsson, Jonas Josefsson, Björn Petterson & Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen (eds.) Exploring practical philosophy : from action to values, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001, pp. 17-39.
  • Bombs and coconuts, or rational irrationality, in Christopher W. Morris & Arthur Ripstein (eds.) Practical rationality and preference : essays for David Gauthier, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Experiences, subjects, and conceptual schemes, Philosophical topics, vol. 26, nos. 1-2 (Spring/Fall, 1999), pp. 217-270.
  • Why anything? Why this?, London review of books, vol. 20, no. 3 (February 5, 1998), pp. 22-25.
  • Why anything? Why this?, London review of books, vol. 20, no. 2 (January 22, 1998), pp. 24-27.
  • Equality and priority, Ratio, vol. 10, no. 3 (December, 1997), pp. 202-221.
  • Reasons and motivation, Supplementary volume – Aristotelian Society, vol. 71 (1997), pp. 99-130.
  • Acts and outcomes: a reply to Boonin-Vail, Philosophy & public affairs, vol. 25, no. 2 (Fall, 1996), pp. 308-317.
  • The unimportance of identity, in Henry Harris (ed.) Identity : essays based on Herbert Spencer lectures given in the University of Oxford, New York: Clarendon Press, 1995, pp. 13-45.
  • An Interview with Derek Parfit, Cogito, vol. 9, no. 2 (August, 1995), pp. 115-125.
  • The indeterminacy of identity: a reply to Brueckner, Philosophical studies, vol. 70, no. 1 (April, 1993), pp. 23-33.
  • Paul Seabright: pluralism and the standard of living, in Martha Nussbaum & Amartya Sen (eds.) The quality of life, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, pp. 410-417.
  • Who do you think you are?, Times higher education supplement (December 11, 1992), pp. 19-20.
  • The puzzle of reality: why does the universe exist?, Times literary supplement (July 3, 1992), pp. 3-5.
  • Against the social discount rate, in Peter Laslett & James S. Fishkin (eds.) Justice between age groups and generations, Yale University Press: New Haven, 1992, pp. 144-161. (with Tyler Cowen)
  • Isaiah Berlin, Times literary supplement (July 19, 1991), p. 13.
  • Why does the universe exist?, The Harvard review of philosophy, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring, 1991), pp. 2-5.
  • On giving priority to the worse off, unpublished MS (ca. 1991).
  • Equality or priority? : the Lindley lecture. Kansas: University of Kansas, 1991.
  • What we together do, unpublished MS (March 29, 1988), 33 pp.
  • A reply to Sterba, Philosophy & public affairs, vol. 16, no. 2 (Spring, 1987), pp. 193-194.
  • Divided minds and the nature of persons, in Colin Blakemore & Susan Greenfield (eds.) Mindwaves : thoughts on intelligence, identity and consciousness, Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1987, pp. 19-28.
  • Comments, Ethics, vol. 96, no. 4 (July, 1986), pp. 832-872.
  • Overpopulation and the quality of life, in Peter Singer (ed.) Applied ethics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986, pp. 145-164.
  • Rationality and time, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, vol. 84 (1984), pp. 47-82.
  • Reasons and persons. Oxford: Clarendon press, 1984.
  • Energy policy and the further future: the identity problem, in Douglas MacLean & Peter G. Brown (eds.) Energy and the future, Totowa, New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1983, pp. 166-179.
  • Energy policy and the further future: the social discount rate, in Douglas MacLean & Peter G. Brown (eds.) Energy and the future, Totowa, New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1983, pp. 31-37.
  • Summary of discussion, Synthese, vol. 53, no. 2 (November, 1982), pp. 251-256. (with Daniel Dennett, Donald Regan, Richard Rorty, Alasdair MacIntyre, Harry Frankfurt, Annette Baier & Jim Doyle)
  • Personal identity and rationality, Synthese, vol. 53, no. 2 (November, 1982), pp. 227-241.
  • Future generations: further problems, Philosophy & public affairs, vol. 11, no. 2 (Spring, 1982), pp. 113-172.
  • Correspondence, Philosophy & public affairs, vol. 10, no. 2 (Spring, 1981), pp. 180-181.
  • Is common-sense morality self-defeating?, The journal of philosophy, vol. 76, no. 10 (October, 1979), pp. 533-545.
  • Correspondence, Philosophy & public affairs, vol. 8, no. 4 (Summer, 1979), pp. 395-397.
  • Prudence, morality, and the prisoner’s dilemma, Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 65, (1979), pp. 539-564.
  • Innumerate ethics, Philosophy & public affairs, vol. 7, no. 4 (Summer, 1978), pp. 285-301.
  • Lewis, Perry, and what matters, in Amélie Rorty (ed.) The identities of persons, University of California Press: Berkeley, 1976, pp. 91-107.
  • On doing the best for our children, in Michael D. Bayles (ed.) Ethics and population, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Schenkman Pub. Co., 1976, pp. 100-115.
  • Rights, interests, and possible people, in Samuel Gorovitz, Andrew L. Jameton, Ruth Macklin, John M. O’Connor, Eugene V. Perrin, Beverly Page St. Clair & Susan Sherwin (eds.) Moral problems in medicine, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1976, pp. 369-375.
  • Later selves and moral principles, in Alan Montefiore (ed.) Philosophy and personal relations : an Anglo-French study, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973, pp. 137-169.
  • On “The importance of self-identity”, The journal of philosophy, vol. 68, no. 20 (October, 1971), pp. 683-690.
  • Personal identity, The philosophical review, vol. 80, no. 1 (January, 1971), pp. 3-27.
  • The Eton College chronicle, in Cheetham & Parfit, Eton microcosm, pp. 100-103.
  • The fish, in Cheetham & Parfit, Eton microcosm, pp. 182-183.
  • Eton microcosm. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1964. (edited with Anthony Cheetham)
  • Photograph of a Comtesse, The New Yorker (June 23, 1962), p. 24.

See also:

  • Larissa MacFarquhar, How to be good, The New Yorker (September 5, 2011), pp. 43-53.
  • Karen

    I didn’t test them all, but at least the first links don’t work. Furthermore, On what matters can be found online as a full text pdf. I thought maybe you would like to add it to your list!

    Thank you so much for listing all his works, it is a great help!

    • Hi Karen,

      Thank you for drawing this issue to my attention. All the links are now fixed.

      Concerning On what matters, I used to provide a link to that file, but I have removed it at Mr Parfit’s request.