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On the survival of humanity

Author(s): Frick, Johann

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Abstract: What moral reasons, if any, do we have to ensure the long-term survival of humanity? This article contrastively explores two answers to this question: according to the first, we should ensure the survival of humanity because we have reason to maximize the number of happy lives that are ever lived, all else equal. According to the second, seeking to sustain humanity into the future is the appropriate response to the final value of humanity itself. Along the way, the article discusses various issues in population axiology, particularly the so-called Intuition of Neutrality and John Broome’s ‘greediness objection’ to this intuition.
Publication Date: 2017
Citation: Frick, Johann. "On the survival of humanity." Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47, no. 2-3 (2017): 344-367.
DOI: doi:10.1080/00455091.2017.1301764
ISSN: 0045-5091
Pages: 344 - 367
Language: English
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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