The Repugnant Conclusion

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI:
 The Repugnant Conclusion

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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

Chapter.  4581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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