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The Morality of Creating Lives Not Worth Living: On Boonin's Solution to the Non-Identity Problem

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 December 2022

Olle Risberg*
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden


David Boonin argues that in a choice between creating a person whose life would be well worth living and creating a different person whose life would be significantly worse, but still worth living, each option is morally permissible. I show that Boonin's argument for this view problematically implies that in a choice between creating a person whose life would be well worth living and creating another person whose life would not be worth living, each option is also morally permissible.

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