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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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For the Sake of Future Generations

For the Sake of Future Generations

(p.16) 2 For the Sake of Future Generations
Reflections On How We Live

Annette C. Baier

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the question of what people are morally obliged to do or not to do for the sake of future generations who will live after they are dead. The obligations to future people vary depending on whether they are close enough in time for their needs to be provided or be foreseeable. Only people in the present have control over how many of future persons there will be, what opportunities they will have, and what supply problems they will face.

Keywords:   future generations, future people, morally obligation, supply problems

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