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Unformatted text preview: ← In his article, Limited Obligations to Future Generations , Mark Golding presents three critical questions to the ongoing future generation debate: who are the individuals that we have obligations to, under these obligations, what are we obliged to do, and finally what types of obligations are they. His answer to the initial question is that our obligations to others become increasingly problematic as members of our moral community become more remote. He defines a moral community as those that share common conceptions of the good. In response to the last question, Golding contends that we are only obliged to set up a state of affairs for the community. This is our only obligation because there is no specific account of the things that should be preserved because we do not know what will be considered “good” in the future. Derek Parfit attempts to clarify how different decisions made today affect future generations. The first scenario involves a nuclear technician who fails to adequately review the generations....
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course ENVS 3040 taught by Professor Hale during the Spring '11 term at Colorado.
- Spring '11