The Repugnant Conclusion

[Revised entry by Gustaf Arrhenius, Jesper Ryberg, and Torbjörn Tännsjö on January 16, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In Derek Parfit's original formulation the Repugnant Conclusion is
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[Revised entry by Gustaf Arrhenius, Jesper Ryberg, and Torbjörn Tännsjö on January 16, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In Derek Parfit's original formulation the Repugnant Conclusion is stated as follows: "For any possible population of at least ten billion people, all with a very high quality of life, there must be some much larger imaginable population whose existence, if other things are equal, would be better even though its members have lives that are barely worth living" (Parfit 1984). The Repugnant Conclusion highlights a problem in an area of ethics which has become known as population ethics. The last three decades have...

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