Temporal asymmetry and the self/person split

Stokes, Patrick 2017, Temporal asymmetry and the self/person split, Journal of value inquiry, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 203-219, doi: 10.1007/s10790-016-9563-8.

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Title Temporal asymmetry and the self/person split
Author(s) Stokes, PatrickORCID iD for Stokes, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0001-9574-6064
Journal name Journal of value inquiry
Volume number 51
Issue number 2
Start page 203
End page 219
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-06
ISSN 0022-5363
Keyword(s) Temporal asymmetry
temporal bias
Derek Parfit
personal identity
Summary Derek Parfit’s discussion of our bias towards the future has sparked considerable discussion of our pervasively asymmetrical attitudes towards past and future goods. Much of this discussion has centred on whether we can rationally justify such attitudes or whether they are intrinsically irrational. This paper seeks neither to justify nor to reject temporally asymmetrical attitudes, but to explicate the way perspective, and particularly temporal perspective, operates in such biases, in order to show how our temporal biases point to something important about the structure of selfhood. By employing an emerging distinction in the personal identity literature between the ‘self’ as an intrinsically first personal and temporally indexical locus of consciousness, and the ‘person’ as a diachronic bearer of various forms of physical and psychological predicates, we can see that the clash between temporally asymmetrical attitudes and symmetrical welfare judgments is in fact a result of the ways in which selves and persons interact.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10790-016-9563-8
Field of Research 220305 Ethical Theory
220310 Phenomenology
2201 Applied Ethics
2203 Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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