Personal Identity and Ethics

[Revised entry by David Shoemaker on December 15, 2015. Changes to: Main text] What justifies our holding one person over another morally responsible for a past action? Why am I justified in
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[Revised entry by David Shoemaker on December 15, 2015. Changes to: Main text] What justifies our holding one person over another morally responsible for a past action? Why am I justified in having a special prudential concern for one particular future person over all others? Why do many of us think that maximizing the good within a single life is perfectly acceptable, but maximizing the good across lives is wrong? For these and other normative questions, it looks like any answer we come up with will have to make essential reference to personal identity. So, for...

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