Major Department

Philosophy

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2021

Honors Major Advisor

Carrie Figdor

Thesis Mentor

Diane Jeske & Richard Fumerton

Abstract

In this paper, I will evaluate the notion of having duties to one’s future self. In doing so, I will discuss both ethical theories and metaethical theories. More specifically, I intend to utilize a prima facie duty-based ethical account and a psychological reductionist view of personal identity to argue that one can have duties to future selves. Relationships with our friends ground a number of objective agent-relative duties to them. I will argue that our relationships to our future selves are similar to our relationships to friends in significant ways and, as such, also ground objective agent-relative duties.

Keywords

Duties, Duties to Future Selves, Ethics, Metaphysics, Objective Agent-Relative Duties

Total Pages

31 pages

Copyright

Copyright © 2021 Miranda Vermeer

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/372