- Consequentialism as an Intergenerational Ethic
- A Deontological Approach to Future Consequences
- For a Care-Based Intergenerational Ethic
- Contractualism, Interpersonal and Intergenerational
- Intergenerational Cooperation and the Social Contract
- Intergenerational Justice and Equality
- The Community, the Nation, and Obligations to Future Generations
- Capabilities, Future Generations, and Climate Justice
- Long-Term Non-anthropocentric Ethics
- Confucianism and Intergenerational Ethics
- Intergenerational Justice: An African Perspective
- Buen Vivir: A Latin American Contribution to Intra- and Intergenerational Justice
- Intergenerational Metaphors
- Well-being and Intergenerational Ethics
- Basic Needs and Sufficiency: The Foundations of Intergenerational Justice
- Natural Resources, Sustainability, and Intergenerational Ethics
- The Intergenerational Value of Natural Heritage
- Irreversible Loss
- Meaning and Value Across the Generations
- A World They Don’t Deserve: Moral Failure and Deep Adaptation
- Justice Between Coexisting Generations
- The Just Savings Principle
- The Family and Intergenerational Justice: A Liberal Egalitarian Perspective
- Do We Have Moral Duties to Past People?
- Parfit and the Non-Identity Problem
- Risk, Responsibility, and Procreative Asymmetries
- Human Rights and Intergenerational Ethics
- Discursive Justice in and With Future Generations
- Intergenerational Ethics and Individual Duties: A Cooperative Promotional Approach
- Political Institutions and Intergenerational Ethics: Disenfranchising the Future?
- Postericide and Intergenerational Ethics
- Universal State Pension Schemes and the Duties of Retirees
- On “Dynastic” Inequality
- Intergenerational Justice and Debt
- Reparation as Intergenerational Justice
- Should We Deploy Nuclear Energy?: How Intergenerational Ethics Could Help to Escape the Dichotomy
- Nuclear Deterrence—Another Perfect Storm
- The Challenge of Population
- Species Conservation, Biotechnology, and Intergenerational Ethics
- Moral Bioenhancement and Future Generations: Selecting Martyrdom?
Abstract and Keywords
The field of intergenerational ethics has been largely centered on the question of what we owe those who are temporally distant. This interest was prompted by the growing awareness that many natural resources were nonrenewable and that future generations risked being disadvantaged or harmed in a variety of central respects. This understandable emphasis on temporal distance should, however, not lead one to disregard matters of justice between contemporary generations (between baby boomers and millennials, for instance) as straightforward or uninteresting. Inequalities between young and old crystallize significant and complex political and economic tensions in the sphere of employment, pensions, healthcare, housing, and political representation. This chapter introduces and responds to significant philosophical puzzles about the fair distribution of resources between individuals at different stages of their lives. The author provides a conceptual framework to approach matters of both age group and birth cohort justice and looks at how one of the chief values of distributive justice—equality—plays out in the field of justice between coexisting generations.
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
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