<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Wilkinson (Dominic) & Doolabh (Keyur) - Which lives matter most? (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22363.htm">Which lives matter most?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wilkinson (Dominic).htm">Wilkinson (Dominic)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Doolabh (Keyur).htm">Doolabh (Keyur)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Aeon, 12 June, 2017</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22363.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PapersToNotes_22363.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Conclusion</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Finally, what does this mean for philosophy and practical ethics? The <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P22363_1">non-identity problem</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P22363_1"></A> shouldn t inuence our choice of strategies for addressing Congenital Zika Syndrome. That is because of the complex and indeterminable mix of eects of our actions. That might be the case too for some other political decisions that we make, but it doesn t mean that the non-identity problem isn t important. </li><li>As we contemplate some of the greatest ethical challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century  climate change, population policy, genetic engineering  the non-identity problem will continue to rear its head. <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">What matters</A><SUP>2</SUP> most ethically? How should we weigh harms and benets to current and future people? What are our ethical obligations to people who might or might not exist? Those fundamental and formidable questions remain.</li><li>What is your view on the non-identity problem? Take the <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P22363_3">quiz</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P22363_3"></A>: <a name="W4188W"></a><A HREF = "https://oxfordxpsy.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BoLVkVHqgSP6DP" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>Sub-title: "<FONT COLOR = "800080">Thinking about children who are not yet born confronts us with the question of our ethical obligations to future people.</FONT>" </li><li>See <a name="W4187W"></a><A HREF = "https://aeon.co/essays/should-we-take-ethical-account-of-people-who-do-not-yet-exist" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> </li></ul><BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P22363_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P22363_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is <a name="2"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/P/Author_Parfit (Derek).htm">Derek Parfit</A> s view that it makes no difference which set of people are impacted by our actions  we just tot up the consequences and act for the best.</li><li>It is contrasted with the  person affecting view, or a hybrid supported by <a name="3"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Rawls (John).htm">John Rawls</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P22363_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P22363_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I took the quiz, and it claimed that my views were  person affecting  which was a surprise to me  though it said I d shift to  non-identity if the benefits were sufficient. </li><li>Maybe this was something to do with time-discounting  not mentioned in the paper. That the impact on those closest to us  both temporally and spatially  ought to weigh somewhat more for us, though not to the exclusion of future generations. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:51" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:51:38</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>