Derek Parfit: a bibliography

What interests me most are the metaphysical questions whose answers can affect our emotions, and have rational and moral significance. Why does the Universe exist? What makes us the same person throughout our lives? Do we have free will? Is time’s passage an illusion?

What now matters most is how we respond to various risks to the survival of humanity. We are creating some of these risks, and we are discovering how we could respond to these and other risks. If we reduce these risks, and humanity survives the next few centuries, our descendants or successors could end these risks by spreading through this galaxy.

Life can be wonderful as well as terrible, and we shall increasingly have the power to make life good. Since human history may be only just beginning, we can expect that future humans, or supra-humans, may achieve some great goods that we cannot now even imagine. In Nietzsche’s words, there has never been such a new dawn and clear horizon, and such an open sea.

  • 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.