Ideas from 'Reasons and Persons' by Derek Parfit [1984], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Reasons and Persons' by Parfit,Derek [OUP 1985,0-19-824908-x]].

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23. Ethics / E. Utilitarianism / 1. Utilitarianism
We should focus less on subjects of experience, and more on the experiences themselves
                        Full Idea: It becomes more plausible, when thinking morally, to focus less upon the person, the subject of experiences, and instead to focus more upon the experiences themselves.
                        From: Derek Parfit (Reasons and Persons [1984], 116)
                        A reaction: This pinpoints how Parfit moves from a view of persons in terms of continuity of consciousness to a utilitarian morality. It brings out nicely what is wrong with utilitarianism - the reductio of a great ball of nice experiences, with no one having them.