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Why Worry About Future Generations?

Samuel Scheffler


Why should we care about what happens to human beings in the future, after we ourselves are long gone? Much of the contemporary philosophical literature on future generations has a broadly utilitarian orientation, and implicitly suggests that our primary reasons for concern about the fate of future generations are reasons of beneficence. This book proposes a different answer. Implicit in our existing values and evaluative attachments are a variety of powerful reasons, which are independent of considerations of beneficence, for wanting the chain of human generations to persist into the indefini ... More

Keywords: attachment, beneficence, conservatism, future generations, future of humanity, value, valuing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Scheffler, author
University Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University