A Brief Reflection on the Problem of Person-Altering Consequences (Report)
Journal of Applied Economy 2009, Oct
Journal of Applied Economy
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Many social policies require substantial sacrifices by existing persons in order to benefit the members of distant future generations. particularly salient examples of this are the elaborate and expensive efforts now undertaken to prevent high-level radioactive wastes from polluting the biosphere, or the stringent restrictions that may be soon be imposed on burning fossil fuels in order to mitigate the long-term climate change consequences of global warming. However, this trade-off does not only exist in the environmental policy area. Many other social policies also call for substantial sacrifices to be made at least partly if not largely on behalf of distant future generations. The existence of this trade-off presents a fundamental and difficult ethical question that is far too often overlooked by policy makers. Do we have any ethical obligations at all to the yet-unborn members of future generations? Are we under a moral obligation to consider their interests, as best we can anticipate what those interests will be, as well as our own concerns in making these policy decisions? Or are we morally free to choose among policies solely with regard to their consequences for existing persons, with no obligations to concern ourselves with their impacts on future generations? In this brief essay I will try to demonstrate that this is a far more difficult question to answer than is commonly realized.
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- Catégorie : Finance
- Sortie : 1 oct. 2009
- Éditeur : Elias Clark
- Pages : 17
- Langue : Anglais