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dc.contributor.authorMulgan, Tim
dc.identifier.citationMulgan , T 2017 , ' How should utilitarians think about the future? ' , Canadian Journal of Philosophy , vol. 47 , no. 2-3 , pp. 290-312 .
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dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:8ef90129c4895b2e2619e001749e8351
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dc.description.abstractUtilitarians must think collectively about the future because many contemporary moral issues require collective responses to avoid possible future harms. But current rule utilitarianism does not accommodate the distant future. Drawing on my recent books Future People and Ethics for a Broken World, I defend a new utilitarianism whose central ethical question is: What moral code should we teach the next generation? This new theory honours utilitarianism’s past and provides the flexibility to adapt to the full range of credible futures – from futures broken by climate change to the digital, virtual and predictable futures produced by various possible technologies.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2017, Canadian Journal of Philosophy. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at:
dc.subjectRule utilitarianismen
dc.subjectFuture peopleen
dc.subjectIntergenerational justiceen
dc.subjectBroken worlden
dc.subjectMoral imaginationen
dc.subjectVirtual realityen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleHow should utilitarians think about the future?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Philosophyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Scienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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