Problems for Intergenerational Equity
Jeffrey Sanford Russell (University of Southern California)

June 16, 2022, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Department of Philosophy, Global Priorities Institute, Oxford University

The Old Library, All Souls College
Oxford England
United Kingdom

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The principle of Intergenerational Equity says (roughly) that benefits to future generations count morally for just as much as benefits to people who are alive today. This principle is widely accepted by philosophers, and the alternative has been called "outrageous" and "reprehensible"; the principle is also an important part of the case for prioritizing actions that affect the very long-term future. But Intergenerational Equity has weird and paradoxical consequences for reasoning about moral value and risk in the very long run. This lecture will explore some of these consequences.

On the day after the lecture, a one-hour seminar will follow, to provide a venue for more in-depth discussion of the lecture's themes between Prof Russell and Oxford faculty and graduate students. The seminar will take place on Friday the 17th of June at 10:00-11:00am in the Seminar Room at Trajan House and is open to all members of the Philosophy Faculty and all graduate students in the department. Separate registration to attend the seminar is not required.

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