Non-identity, Sufficiency and Exploitation

Journal of Political Philosophy 19 (2):229-247 (2011)
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Abstract

This paper argues that we hold two key duties to future people: to leave them enough in an absolute sense, and to leave them their fair share. Even if we benefit people by bringing them into existence, we can wrongly exploit our position to take more than our share of benefits. As in paradigm cases of exploitation, just because future people might agree to the ‘bargain’, this does not mean that they receive enough.

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Matthew Rendall
University of Nottingham

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