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

Tim Mulgan


This book develops a new theory of the obligations to future generations, based on a new Rule Consequentialist account of the morality of individual reproduction. The result is a coherent, intuitively plausible moral theory that is not unreasonably demanding — even when extended to cover future people — and that accounts for a wide range of independently plausible intuitions covering individual morality, intergenerational justice, and international justice. In particular, it is superior to its two main rivals in this area: person-affecting theories and traditional Consequentialism. The former ... More

Keywords: Consequentialism, future generations, Rule Consequentialism, intergenerational justice, international justice, Parfit, Repugnant Conclusion, demandingness, reproduction, non-identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/019928220X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Mulgan, author
University of St Andrews
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