The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

2015.06.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Boonin, The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People, Oxford University Press, 2014, 293pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.06.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Boonin, The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People, Oxford University Press, 2014, 293pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682935. Reviewed by Molly Gardner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill If Jonathan Haidt's (2001) theory of moral judgment is correct, then philosophers are unusual. Unlike most people, who employ post hoc reasoning in support of pre-formed moral judgments, a philosopher can "reason her way to a judgment that contradicts her initial intuition" (Haidt 2001, p. 829). Haidt cites two philosophers whom he takes to do this -- Peter Singer and Socrates -- but it seems pretty clear that David Boonin belongs on the list. Boonin's latest book is a model of philosophical reasoning. After carefully setting up the non-identity problem as an argument with what he terms the "Implausible Conclusion," Boonin devotes chapters two through six of the book to considering how people. . .

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