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What we owe to future people: a contractualist account of intergenerational ethics

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This thesis applies T.M. Scanlon's version of contractualism to the problem of future generations. I begin by analyzing Rawls' contractarian account of just savings and find that there is no plausible composition of the original position that can deal with the inclusion of future people. I then examine Scanlon's contractualism and some objections to it before moving on to applying it to future people. I argue that the disanalogies between the intra- and inter-generational contexts do not p...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Lincoln College
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politics
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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Balliol College
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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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2016-08-24

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