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The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

David Boonin


Our actions sometimes have an effect not only on the quality of life that people will enjoy in the future, but on which particular people will exist in the future to enjoy it. In cases where this is so, the combination of certain assumptions that most people seem to accept can yield conclusions that most people seem to reject. The resulting puzzle is known as the non-identity problem and it has important implications both for ethical theory and for a number of topics in applied ethics, including controversial issues in bioethics, environmental ethics, and disability ethics. The non-identity pr ... More

Keywords: bioethics, disability ethics, environmental ethics, ethics, future generations, moral theory, non-identity problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Boonin, author
University of Colorado