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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198249085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019824908X.001.0001

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The Absurd Conclusion

The Absurd Conclusion

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(p.391) 18 The Absurd Conclusion
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Reasons and Persons
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Derek Parfit (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019824908X.003.0018

Examines cases of conceiving a happy or a wretched child; how contractualism cannot solve questions about our obligations to future generations; whether outcomes can be worse if they are worse for no one. It examines person‐affecting principles; the sum of suffering; the valueless level; and lexical views.

Keywords:   benefit, conception, contractualism, future generations, overpopulation, suffering, value

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