The Nonidentity Problem: Current Controversies in Bioethics

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The nonidentity problem (NIP) is one of the great moral discoveries of the twentieth century and a philosophical classic. It is a single, simple, powerful, philosophical conundrum. The different moral perspectives help to show that defending wrongness and blameworthiness despite the NIP does not depend only on a general utilitarianlike position and that such a defense has many diverse philosophical resources to build upon. Melinda Roberts and David Wasserman seek to provide a general NIP-based argument, and that would allow a very broad range of disturbing decisions in procreation, as long as no one could complain. Accepting the couple's decision in the case Roberts and Wasserman present is only a token of a broad type of cases, which are morally unacceptable in the familiar ways in which many cases of moral indulgence are unacceptable, from deontological and virtue ethical perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Controversies in Bioethics
EditorsS. Matthew Liao, Collin O'Neil
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315437538
StatePublished - 2016


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