Derek Parfit was born in Chengdu, China, to Norman and Jessie Parfit (née Browne), both medical doctors who had moved to Western China to teach preventive medicine in missionary hospitals. The family returned to the United Kingdom about a year after Parfit was born, settling in Oxford. Parfit was sent to Eton College. From an early age Parfit endeavoured to become a poet, but he gave up poetry towards the end of his adolescence. He later studied Modern History at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1964. In 1965–66 he was a Harkness Fellow at Columbia University and Harvard University. He abandoned historical studies for philosophy during the fellowship, returning to Oxford to become a fellow of All Souls College.
Education Eton College
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Derek Parfit is a British philosopher who specialises in problems of personal identity, rationality, ethics, and the relations among them. His 1984 book Reasons and Persons has been very influential. Wikipedia
Born: December 11, 1942 (age 73), Chengdu, China
Areas of interest: Philosophy of mind, Consequentialism, Rationalism, Ethics, Personal identity
Books: Reasons and Persons, On What Matters, more
Influenced by: Immanuel Kant, Thomas Nagel, Henry Sidgwick, Christine Korsgaard, John Stuart Mill, Crispin Wright. Sam Harris, John Cottingham
Derek authored the book "Reasons and Persons" published by the Oxford University press in 1984
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