The Morality of Creating Lives Not Worth Living: On Boonin's Solution to the Non-Identity Problem

Utilitas 35 (1):88-97 (2023)
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David Boonin argues that in a choice between creating a person whose life would be well worth living and creating a different person whose life would be significantly worse, but still worth living, each option is morally permissible. I show that Boonin's argument for this view problematically implies that in a choice between creating a person whose life would be well worth living and creating another person whose life would not be worth living, each option is also morally permissible.



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Olle Risberg
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