Derek Parfit: September 27, 2012
What makes someone’s life go best?
Desire-Fulfillment: what would best fulfill one’s desires
Objective List: Certain things are good/bad for us whether or not we want them
e.g. Knowledge, mutual love, awareness of beauty
What pains/pleasures have in common is their relation to our preferences
An experiences is pleasant if it is preferred
About our present state of mind/consciousness
Problem: better for me to believe I am not being deceived (irrelevant if my
belief is false)
Unrestricted versions: fulfillment of all my desires through out my life
Problem: does my life really go better if desires I Have about someone else
(e.g. John is cured) are fulfilled without my knowledge?
Success Version of Desire Fulfillment
Only count desires about one’s own life
Deception I Don’t know what is bad for me (if I desire not to be deceived)
Problem: is my life wore if my desire is to be a good parent is not fulfilled
because my kids are failures, even if I Don’t know about it or I’m dead?
Appeal to all of one’s desires about her life
Assign positive number to each preference o