In January, we will welcome Alex Sager. He will be presenting
Duties to Past Generations
Friday, January 14, 2011, 12-1:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236
Environmental ethicists and other philosophers have written a great deal about the questions and paradoxes involved in attributing duties to future generations. Sager suggests that we also owe duties to our ancestors, including certain obligations to preserve and protect the natural environment. Few recent value theorists have dwelt on past generations and Sager argues that this may well be an unfortunate idiosyncrasy of our culture and contemporary philosophy, contradicting basic moral tenants held in many cultures and time periods.
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