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Risk, Non-Identity, and Extinction

Kowalczyk, Kacper; Venkatesh, Nikhil; (2024) Risk, Non-Identity, and Extinction. The Monist , 107 (2) pp. 146-156. 10.1093/monist/onae004. Green open access

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This paper examines a recent argument in favour of strong precautionary action—possibly including working to hasten human extinction—on the basis of a decision-theoretic view that accommodates the risk-attitudes of all affected while giving more weight to the more risk-averse attitudes. First, we dispute the need to take into account other people’s attitudes towards risk at all. Second, we argue that a version of the non-identity problem undermines the case for doing so in the context of future people. Lastly, we suggest that we should not work to hasten human extinction, even if significant risk aversion is warranted.

Type: Article
Title: Risk, Non-Identity, and Extinction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/monist/onae004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/monist/onae004
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s), 2024. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Monist. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189613
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