Chapter

The Absurd Conclusion

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019824908X.003.0018
 The Absurd Conclusion

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Examines cases of conceiving a happy or a wretched child; how contractualism cannot solve questions about our obligations to future generations; whether outcomes can be worse if they are worse for no one. It examines person‐affecting principles; the sum of suffering; the valueless level; and lexical views.

Keywords: benefit; conception; contractualism; future generations; overpopulation; suffering; value

Chapter.  12776 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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