Elizabeth Victor
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Many of us believe that, at minimum, we have a duty not to shorten or unduly burden the lives of future people. This perceived duty could lead to ethical concerns about leaving the earth in environmental ruin, pursuing certain biotechnologies, or playing with the human genome. It is both tempting and intuitive to understand this duty as a duty not to harm future generations. This line of thought leads to a philosophical puzzle articulated by Derek Parfit. Despite many attempts to resolve this puzzle, Parfit’s criticisms remain formidable.We aim to articulate an account of duties to future generations that has the flexibility to move from the abstract analytic framework Parfit works within to respond to questions ..
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