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Unformatted text preview: Future Generations A. Popular Idea Concerning the Environmental Crisis a. Present life deteriorates environment i. Deteriorated environment will harm future generations b. Our present life harms future people c. It is wrong to harm future people i. Therefore, we have a moral obligation to change our life B. Parfit’s Non-Identity Problem a. Which particular future people will exist is dependent on when the procreation takes place b. Assume that sameness of genetic structure is, for practical purposes, a necessary condition of personal identity i. Then any event that affects the conditions under which a particular conception takes place will influence who exists c. As a result, any proposed policy that would directly or indirectly affect conditions for conception (who mates with whom, and when) on a worldwide scale over a significant period of time would result in an entirely different set of human individuals coming into existence than otherwise would d. Now suppose, as seems reasonable, that the various broad-ranging policies designed to promote better living conditions for...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course PHIL 237 taught by Professor Hirose during the Winter '08 term at McGill.
- Winter '08