Assignemnt 3-The Non Identity Problem

Assignemnt 3-The Non Identity Problem - The Nonidentity...

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The Nonidentity Problem When we consider the moral obligation engineers have to protect the environment, we take into consideration the nonidentity problem and wonder if some of the damages that we can cause on the future environment are not at all bad or wrong. In this short assignment, I will examine Boodin’s views on the non-identity problem and determine whether or not taking it into account is a good strategy when considering the moral obligations engineers have to protect the environment. First, I will articulate on premise 2, that I extracted from David Boodin’s arguments. Second, I will state, in standard form, Boodin’s reasons for challenging the denial of premise 2 (P2). Finally, I will agree with his argument. The nonidentity problem arises from the fact that in some situations, our choices determine not only the quality of life that people will enjoy in the future, but the identity of the people who will exist to enjoy it. Risky Policy case states that a society embraces an energy policy that predictably results, many centuries later, in the release of radiation that painlessly kills thousands of people. Because of the pervasive effects of choosing one energy policy over another, however, the people who are
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  • Fall '15
  • Furey
  • Logic, Risky Policy, Risky Policy case, morally relevant sense

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