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Asymmetry and Non-Identity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2333-106X
Inst Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Utilitas, ISSN 0953-8208, E-ISSN 1741-6183, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 213-230Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article we distinguish two versions of the non-identity problem: one involving positive well-being and one involving negative well-being. Intuitively, there seems to be a difference between the two versions of the problem. In the negative case it is clear that one ought to cause the better-off person to exist. However, it has recently been suggested that this is not so in the positive case. We argue that such an asymmetrical treatment of the two versions should be rejected and that this is evidence against views according to which it is permissible to cause the less well-off person to exist in the positive non-identity case.

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CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS , 2019. Vol. 31, no 3, p. 213-230
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Non-identity problem, Asymmetry, Harm, Benefit, Population ethics
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393324DOI: 10.1017/S0953820818000341ISI: 000479245000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393324DiVA, id: diva2:1355378
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P14-0212:1Available from: 2019-09-27 Created: 2019-09-27 Last updated: 2019-09-27Bibliographically approved

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