Telling the Story of Derek Parfit's Life

Princeton's Tom Kelly in conversation with author and philosopher David Edmonds about his new biography of Derek Parfit.
Mar 29, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

Derek Parfit (1942–2017) is the most famous philosopher most people have never heard of. Widely regarded as one of the greatest moral thinkers of the past hundred years, Parfit was anything but a public intellectual. Yet his ideas have shaped the way philosophers think about things that affect us all: equality, altruism, what we owe to future generations, and even what it means to be a person. In "Parfit" David Edmonds presents the first biography of an intriguing, obsessive, and eccentric genius. (Princeton University Press)

Dept. of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values