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Harming Future Persons Ethics, Genetics and the Nonidentity Problem

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ISBN-10: 1402056966

ISBN-13: 9781402056963

Edition: 2009

Authors: Melinda A. Roberts, David T. Wasserman

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Where an act that seems destructive causes the very existence of the people it injures or impairs, on what basis do we say - indeed, can we cogently say - that that act is nonetheless morally wrong? This new collection probes the question of harming future persons in all its dimensions.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 7/31/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 335
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Harming Future Persons: Introduction
Can Bringing a Person into Existence Harm That Person? Can an Act That Harms No One Be Wrong?
The Intractability of the Nonidentity Problem
If Bringing a Badly Off Person into Existence is Wrong, is Not Bringing a Well Off Person into Existence Also Wrong?
Rights and the Asymmetry Between Creating Good and Bad Lives
Asymmetries in the Morality of Causing People to Exist
Must an Act Worse for People be Worse for a Particular Person?
Who Cares About Identity?
Do Future Persons Presently Have Alternate Possible Identities?
Rule Consequentialism and Non-identity
Is the Argument to "No Harm Done" Correct? Must an Act that Harms a Person Make that Person Worse Off?
Harming as Causing Harm
Wrongful Life and Procreative Decisions
Harming and Procreating
The Nonidentity Problem and the Two Envelope Problem: When is One Act Better for a Person than Another?
Is the Morality of Parental Reproductive Choice Special? Can Intentions and Attitudes Make an Act that Harms No One Wrong?
Reproduction, Partiality, and the Non-identity Problem
Two Varieties of "Better-For" Judgements
Harms to Future People and Procreative Intentions
Is the Person Affecting Approach Objectionable Independent of the Nonidentity Problem?
Can the Person Affecting Restriction Solve the Problems in Population Ethics?
What are the Implications of the Nonidentity Problem for Law and Public Policy?
Implications of the Nonidentity Problem for State Regulation of Reproductive Liberty
Reparations for U.S. Slavery and Justice Over Time Seana
Name Index
Subject Index