The Nonidentity Problem

[Revised entry by M. A. Roberts on September 25, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The nonidentity problem focuses on the obligations we think we have in respect of people who, by our own
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[Revised entry by M. A. Roberts on September 25, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The nonidentity problem focuses on the obligations we think we have in respect of people who, by our own acts, are caused both to exist and to have existences that are, though worth having, unavoidably flawed - existences, that is, that are flawed if those people are ever to have them at all. If a person's existence is unavoidably flawed, then the agent's only alternatives to bringing that person into the flawed existence are to bring no one into existence at all or...

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