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Circumventing the Non-identity Problem

Carey, B. (2022) 'Circumventing the Non-identity Problem.', Philosophia .


This article provides an account of moral obligations that we have towards present generations, which require us to produce outcomes that are similar to those we would be required to produce if we had moral obligations to future generations. Discharging these duties enables us to secure the kinds of goods for future generations that we intuitively think we ought to provide in the absence of an answer to the non-identity problem. In this sense, the non- identity problem is avoided rather than solved. Nevertheless, a signifcant upshot of this account is that it provides a basis for practical action in the face of theoretical uncertainty

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Date accepted:18 October 2022
Date deposited:24 November 2022
Date of first online publication:23 October 2022
Date first made open access:24 November 2022

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