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Contingent Future Persons : On the Ethics of Deciding Who Will Live, or Not, in the Future - N. Fotion

Contingent Future Persons

On the Ethics of Deciding Who Will Live, or Not, in the Future

By: N. Fotion (Editor), Jan C. Heller (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1997
ISBN: 9780792347071
Number Of Pages: 216

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How ought we evaluate the individual and collective actions on which the existence, numbers and identities of future people depend? In the briefest of terms, this question poses what is addressed here as the problem of contingent future persons, and as such it poses relatively novel challenges for philosophical and theological ethicists. For though it may be counter-intuitive, it seems that those contingent future persons who are actually brought into existence by such actions cannot benefit from or be harmed by these actions in any conventional sense of the terms. This intriguing problem was defined almost three decades ago by Jan Narveson [2], and to date its implications have been explored most exhaustively by Derek Parfit [3] and David Heyd [1]. Nevertheless, as yet there is simply no consensus on how we ought to evaluate such actions or, indeed, on whether we can. Still, the pursuit of a solution to the problem has been interestingly employed by moral philosophers to press the limits of ethics and to urge a reconsideration of the nature and source of value at its most fundamental level. It is thus proving to be a very fruitful investigation, with far-reaching theoretical and practical implications.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
When Does Potentiality Count? A Comment on Lockwoodp. 9
Hare on Potentiality: A Rejoinderp. 19
The Morality of Knowingly Conceiving Children with Serious Conditions: An Expanded "Wrongful Life" Standardp. 27
Person-Affecting Principles and Beyondp. 41
Divine Creation and Human Procreation: Reflections on Genesis in the Light of Genesisp. 57
Deciding the Timing of Children: An Ethical Challenge Only Indirectly Addressed by the Christian Traditionp. 71
Repugnant Thoughts about the Repugnant Conclusion Argumentp. 85
Person-Affecting Utilitarianism and Population Policy; Or, Sissy Jupe's Theory of Social Choicep. 99
Down to Earth Environmentalism: Sustainability and Future Personsp. 123
More Than They Have a Right to: Future People and Our Future Oriented Projectsp. 137
Contingency, Community and Intergenerational Justicep. 157
Bringing Embryos into Existence for Research Purposesp. 171
Anticipating Posterity: A Lonerganian Approach to the Problem of Contingent Future Personsp. 191
Notes on Contributorsp. 209
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780792347071
ISBN-10: 0792347072
Series: Theology and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 31st August 1997
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.5