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Neil Levy

Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Neil Levy is a senior research fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and professor of philosophy at Macquarie University in Sydney. He is the author of Consciousness and Moral Responsibility (2014). He lives in Sydney.

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Would it be immoral to send out a generation starship?

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Just a couple of quick follow ups from the author. Several people have pointed out (what I had already noticed, of course), that there are apparently permissible cases in which people bring children into the world with very limited options. That would be a knockdown objection if I claimed that anytime anyone do that, they acted wrongly all things considered. But that’s not the claim: the claim is that doing this is a wrong making feature of actions. That doesn’t mean the action is overall wrong (it is a wrong making feature of my action that it causes you pain. But maybe I should do it anyway, because there’s no other way to save your life).

Some people have suggested that there wo...

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