Ethics 118 (4):633-658 (2008)
Abstract: This paper argues that continua of both genetic and environmental manipulation give rise to cases in which it is indeterminate whether the non-identity problem arises. In clear non-identity cases, impersonal principles can underwrite intuitions of wrongdoing. In clear cases of ordinary personal harm, ordinary ethical thinking about personal compensation augments or supersedes impersonal considerations. Indeterminate cases raise a special problem because it is indeterminate whether personal ethical considerations apply. Might indeterminacy of identity preclude a determinate and ethically justified resolution of personal compensation claims? A way is suggested in which to continue ethically substantive discussion despite indeterminacy.
|Keywords||non-identity compensation non-existence indeterminacy harm loss disability genetics environment identity|
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