Derek Parfit, 1942-2017

We were saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Derek Parfit.

He was an inspiration to all of the members of the Centre. He was one of the founders of analytic practical ethics, and his ideas continue to to drive thinking in many of the most important areas around wellbeing, death, personal identity, future generations, climate change, collective action, and of course the place of reason in practical ethics. He will live on as we and many others pursue his ideas in our thinking and research. The bright white light of his reason has illuminated the contours of practical ethics for the future.


The Times by David Edmonds (OUC Consultant Researcher)