The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

The Nonidentity Problem
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1. The Problem

Our actions sometimes have an effect not only on the quality of life that people will enjoy in the future, but on which particular people will exist in the future to. David Boonin presents a new account of the non-identity problem: a puzzle about our obligations to people who do not yet exist. Our actions sometimes have an.

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Kumar, Who Can Be Wronged? Parfit [] — D. Each argues for surprising and controversial conclusions: Boonin argues that we should solve the Non-Identity Problem by accepting its apparently unacceptable conclusion that actions cannot be wrong due to their effects on future people whose lives are worth living and who would not exist were the actions not performed; Weinberg argues that there is no Non-Identity Problem, that future children have no interest in existing, but significant interest in avoiding harm, and that procreation is, therefore, a much more morally risky business than we tend to think.

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The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

University of Southampton Institutional Repository. Woollard, Fiona. Record type: Article.