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Contractualism and the Non-Identity Problem
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden.
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, ISSN 1386-2820, E-ISSN 1572-8447, Vol. 19, no 5, 1151-1163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that T.M. Scanlon's contractualism can provide a solution to the non-identity problem. It first argues that there is no reason not to include future people in the realm of those to whom we owe justification, but that merely possible people are not included. It then goes on to argue that a person could reasonably reject a principle that left them with a barely worth living life even though that principle caused them to exist, and that current people could not justify creating people with barely worth living lives on the grounds that it caused those people to exist.

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2016. Vol. 19, no 5, 1151-1163 p.
Keyword [en]
Non-identity problem, Contractualism, TM Scanlon, Future generations, Intergenerational justice
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136922DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9723-8ISI: 000387230900006OAI: diva2:1061672
Available from: 2017-01-03 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2017-01-03Bibliographically approved

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