Reasons without Persons: Rationality, Identity, and Time

2016.04.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Hedden, Reasons without Persons: Rationality, Identity, and Time, Oxford University Press, 2015, 210pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.04.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Hedden, Reasons without Persons: Rationality, Identity, and Time, Oxford University Press, 2015, 210pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198732594. Reviewed by Heidi Savage, SUNY Geneseo This is a well-written, ambitious book that ties disparate strands of philosophy together into a complete picture of what is required for an agent to be rational -- theories of personhood and theories of epistemic and practical rationality. To my knowledge, this is something only Derek Parfit has been successful at tackling thus far. In general, the book is knowledgeable and an interesting read. While these are certainly laudatory features, still, there is room for improvement. For instance, Brian Hedden spends a good amount of time exploring other logically possible views only to dismiss them or to show how his view is consistent with them, when instead he could be more usefully focused on exploring the underlying assumptions. . .

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