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    Rule consequentialism and non-identity
    In David Wasserman & Melinda Roberts (eds.), Harming Future Persons, Springer. pp. 115--134. 2009.
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    Teaching Future Generations
    Teaching Philosophy 22 (3): 259-273. 1999.
    An introductory ethics course serves many and often disparate ends, so much so that it may be difficult to find a theme or question that can tie these ends together in a coherent course narrative. This paper shares the author’s attempt to do so. In addition to high student interest in the subject, the topic of our obligation to future generations has the advantage of naturally leading a course through several systematic areas of philosophical importance. This topic lends itself not only to moral…Read more
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    A minimal test for political theories
    Philosophia 28 (1-4): 283-296. 2001.
    Any adequate political theory must provide a plausible account of our obligations to future generations. It must also derive those obligations from morally significant features of our relationship to those who will live in the future, not from contingent accidents of human biology. The Minimal Test outlined in this paper offers a simple way to assess whether political theories are able to meet this challenge. It appears that several popular contemporary political theories will have difficulty pa…Read more
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    One False Virtue of Rule Consequentialism, and One New Vice
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77 (4): 362-373. 1996.
    A common objection to _act consequentialism (AC) is that it makes unreasonable demands on moral agents. _Rule consequentialism (RC) is often presented as a less demanding alternative. It is argued that this alleged virtue of RC is false, as RC will not be any less demanding in practice than AC. It is then demonstrated that RC has an additional (hitherto unnoticed) vice, as it relies upon the undefended simplifying assumption that the best possible consequences would arise in a society in which e…Read more
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    Ethics: Twelve Lectures on the Philosophy of Morality - by David Wiggins
    Philosophical Books 48 (4): 373-376. 2007.
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    Charting just futures for Aotearoa New Zealand: philosophy for and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic
    with Sophia Enright, Marco Grix, Ushana Jayasuriya, Tēvita O. Ka‘ili, Adriana M. Lear, 'Aisea N. Matthew Māhina, 'Ōkusitino Māhina, John Matthewson, Andrew Moore, Emily C. Parke, Vanessa Schouten, and Krushil Watene
    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. forthcoming.
    The global pandemic needs to mark a turning point for the peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. How can we make sure that our culturally diverse nation charts an equitable and sustainable path through and beyond this new world? In a less affluent future, how can we ensure that all New Zealanders have fair access to opportunities? One challenge is to preserve the sense of common purpose so critical to protecting each other in the face of Covid-19. How can we centre what we have learnt about resilience…Read more
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    The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians by Bart Schultz
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (1): 179-180. 2018.
    Bart Schultz's fascinating study weaves together the lives and works of the four founders of classical utilitarianism—William Godwin, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Henry Sidgwick—challenging historical interpretations and opening exciting new possibilities for contemporary moral and political philosophy. Schultz reminds us that the founders of utilitarianism were not lifeless proponents of a simplistic theory, but rounded individuals in whose hands the utilitarian project ranged widely o…Read more
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    A Précis to Ethics for a Broken World
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. 2014.
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    The Non-Identity Problem
    In Heather Dyke (ed.), Time and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 209--218. 2003.
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    Critical Notice
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (3): 443-459. 2004.
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    Replies to Critics
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. 2014.
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    Replies to Critics
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche 4 (2). 2014.
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    Imagine living in the future in a world already damaged by humankind, a world where resources are insufficient to meet everyone's basic needs and where a chaotic climate makes life precarious. Then imagine looking back into the past, back to our own time and assessing the ethics of the early twenty-first century. "Ethics for a Broken World" imagines how the future might judge us and how living in a time of global environmental degradation might utterly reshape the politics and ethics of the futu…Read more
  •  10
    Review: Weighing Lives (review)
    Philosophical Quarterly 58 (231). 2008.
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    Reproducing the contractarian state
    Journal of Political Philosophy 10 (4). 2002.
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    Tim Mulgan asks whether the universe could have a non-human-centred purpose.
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    La démocratie post mortem
    Revue Philosophique De Louvain 101 (1): 123-137. 2003.
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    Understanding Utilitarianism
    Routledge. 2007.
    Utilitarianism - a philosophy based on the principle of the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people - has been hugely influential over the past two centuries. Beyond ethics or morality, utilitarian assumptions and arguments abound in modern economic and political life, especially in public policy. An understanding of utilitarianism is indeed essential to any understanding of contemporary society. "Understanding Utilitarianism" presents utilitarianism very much as a living tradition.…Read more
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    Book reviews (review)
    Mind 103 (412): 550-553. 1994.
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    The ethics of killing: Problems at the margins of life
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (3): 443-459. 2004.
    In this exceptional new book, Jeff McMahan sets out to provide such an account. Along the way, he offers nuanced and illuminating accounts of personal identity, human nature, the badness of death, the wrongness of killing, the rights of animals, abortion, and euthanasia. This book is a major contribution to both moral theory and applied ethics, and makes a strong case for the relevance of the former to the latter. It is also beautifully written and a joy to read.
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    Two familiar worldviews dominate Western philosophy: materialist atheism and the benevolent God of the Abrahamic faiths. Tim Mulgan explores a third way. Ananthropocentric Purposivism claims that there is a cosmic purpose, but human beings are irrelevant to it. Purpose in the Universe develops a philosophical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism that it is at least as strong as the case for either theism or atheism. He draws on a range of secular and religious ethical traditions to conclude th…Read more
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    Teoria etica e intuizioni in un mondo in frantumi
    Società Degli Individui 39 44-60. 2010.
    Il cambiamento climatico presenta caratteristiche inedite che mettono in discussione il pensiero morale cui siamo abituati. In questo saggio, si ricostruiscono le modifiche che sarebbero necessarie per pensare le questioni morali poste dalla prospettiva di un mondo che subisca gli effetti del cambiamento climatico: si potrebbe trattare di un mondo in frantumi, dove non ci sono piů le condizioni minime di benessere, e le nozioni cui siamo abituati - come certi diritti o l'ideale dell'eguaglianza …Read more
  • Éthique et mort(s) - La démocratie post mortem
    Revue Philosophique De Louvain 101 (1): 123-137. 2003.