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The Harvard Review of Philosophy

Volume 23, 2016

Derek Parfit
Pages 1-15
DOI: 10.5840/harvardreview201610101

Personal and Omnipersonal Duties

This paper’s main aim is to discuss the relations between our duties and moral aims at different times, and between different people’s moral aims and duties. The paper is unfinished because it was written as part of an intended chapter in the third volume of my book On What Matters, and I later decided to drop this chapter. That is why this paper asks some questions which it doesn’t answer. But though this paper does not end with some general conclusions, it defends some particular conclusions.