Utilitas 28 (1):108-118 (2016)

Mark Edward Greene
University of Delaware
Suppose that Depletion will reduce the well-being of future people. Many of us would like to say that Depletion is wrong because of the harm to future people. However, it can easily be made to seem that Depletion is actually harmless – this is the non-identity problem. I discuss a particularly ingenious attempt by Melinda Roberts to attribute a harm to Depletion. I will argue that the magnitude of Roberts's harm is off target by many orders of magnitude: it is just too tiny to explain the intuitive wrong of Depletion
Keywords non identity problem  harm  depletion  future people
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DOI 10.1017/s095382081500031x
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