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Future Generations and Contemporary Ethics

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  • Lawrence E. Johnson
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    Future generations do not exist, and are not determinate in their make-up. The moral significance of future generations cannot be accounted for on the basis of a purely individualistic ethic. Yet future generations are morally significant. The Person-Affecting Principle, that (roughly) only acts which are likely to affect particular individuals are morally significant, must be augmented in such a way as to take into account the moral significance of Homo sapiens, a holistic entity which certainly does exist. Recent contributions to Environmental Values by Alan Carter and Ernest Partridge are criticised (but not entirely rejected).

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 471-487

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev12:ev1222

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    Keywords: Future generations; person-affecting principle; individualistic ethics; holistic ethics;

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    1. Matthew Cotton, 2013. "Deliberating Intergenerational Environmental Equity: A Pragmatic, Future Studies Approach," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 22(3), pages 317-337, June.

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