Future People: A Moderate Consequentialist Account of our Obligations to Future Generations

Future People: A Moderate Consequentialist Account of our Obligations to Future Generations

Tim Mulgan


What will we owe to our descendants? How will we stability their wishes opposed to our personal? Tim Mulgan develops a brand new thought of our tasks to destiny generations, in accordance with a brand new rule-consequentialist account of the morality of person replica. He argues that the ensuing idea bills for quite a lot of independently believable intuitions--covering person morality, intergenerational justice, and foreign justice. particularly, the average consequentialist technique is more desirable to its major competitors during this region - person-affecting theories and standard consequentialism. the previous fall foul of Parfit's Non-Identity challenge, whereas the latter are constantly implausibly difficult. Mulgan additionally claims that almost all puzzles in modern worth thought (such as Parfit's Repugnant end) are literally puzzles within the idea of correct motion, and will in basic terms be solved if we abandon strict consequentialism for a extra average replacement.

The middle of the e-book is the 1st systematic exploration of the rule-consequentialist account of the morality of person copy. Mulgan demostrates that this account is better to all to be had possible choices, either consequentialist and non-consequentialist. when we realize the intergenerational size, ethical and political philosophy can't be thought of in isolation. The latter has to be based at the former. Rule consequentialism presents the easiest origin for a idea of intergenerational justice.

Future People brings jointly a number of diverse modern philosophical discussions: responsibilities to destiny generations, the morality of person replica, the calls for of morality, and overseas justice. whereas the point of interest is on constructing a brand new account, there also are significant discussions of other perspectives, particularly contract-based debts of intergenerational justice and competing different types of consequentialism.

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