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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 Repugnant Conclusion

The Repugnant Conclusion

(p.381) 17 The Repugnant Conclusion
Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit (Contributor Webpage)

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Is it better if more people live? This chapter examines the effects of population growth on existing people, overpopulation, whether a decline in the quality of life could always be made up for by a sufficient increase in the number of people living. It discusses a repugnant conclusion and the level at which lives cease to be worth living.

Keywords:   future generations, happiness, overpopulation, population, quality of life, utilitarianism

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