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Non-Identity. Att undkomma ett moralfilosofiskt moment 22

Hellström, Martin and Ohlström, Marcus (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Can we harm future people? According to our commonly used contractarian theories, it seems we cannot. This is because our actions of today not only influence what they are supposed to influence, but also who mates with whom and when, and thus which particular persons will ever live in the future. Had we not performed a particular action, the future people born as a result of that same action, would not have been born. It therefore seems they cannot reasonably reject our actions. The paradox this poses has been known as The Non-Identity Problem.

In this essay, we critically review the discourse on The Non-Identity Problem and analyse the most important attempts to solve this intricate puzzle. We argue that The Non-Identity Problem is not... (More)
Can we harm future people? According to our commonly used contractarian theories, it seems we cannot. This is because our actions of today not only influence what they are supposed to influence, but also who mates with whom and when, and thus which particular persons will ever live in the future. Had we not performed a particular action, the future people born as a result of that same action, would not have been born. It therefore seems they cannot reasonably reject our actions. The paradox this poses has been known as The Non-Identity Problem.

In this essay, we critically review the discourse on The Non-Identity Problem and analyse the most important attempts to solve this intricate puzzle. We argue that The Non-Identity Problem is not possible to solve using consequentialistic theories of ethics, but that a non-consequentialistic solution is possible. (Less)
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author
Hellström, Martin and Ohlström, Marcus
supervisor
organization
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
non-identity, intergenerational justice, distributive justice, population policy, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1330527
date added to LUP
2005-06-10 00:00:00
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2005-06-10 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {Can we harm future people? According to our commonly used contractarian theories, it seems we cannot. This is because our actions of today not only influence what they are supposed to influence, but also who mates with whom and when, and thus which particular persons will ever live in the future. Had we not performed a particular action, the future people born as a result of that same action, would not have been born. It therefore seems they cannot reasonably reject our actions. The paradox this poses has been known as The Non-Identity Problem.

In this essay, we critically review the discourse on The Non-Identity Problem and analyse the most important attempts to solve this intricate puzzle. We argue that The Non-Identity Problem is not possible to solve using consequentialistic theories of ethics, but that a non-consequentialistic solution is possible.},
  author       = {Hellström, Martin and Ohlström, Marcus},
  keyword      = {non-identity,intergenerational justice,distributive justice,population policy,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Non-Identity. Att undkomma ett moralfilosofiskt moment 22},
  year         = {2005},
}