What do we owe to future generations?

The choices and actions of the current generation will reverberate through the lives of future generations. Should we factor future generations into our decision-making? If so, how should we go about this? What is it that we owe them? Philosophers have given some thought to these questions and the lecture will summarize a few of the more plausible approaches. However, they can generate quite different duties on current generations, and so it perhaps offers another explanation as to why people disagree so much about policy. Some people think they owe more to future generations than others.

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Doug Bamford
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Doug Bamford teaches short courses in philosophy and political economy with the University of Oxford. His main interest is in political philosophy and its application to public policy. He obtained his PhD in 2013 and became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in 2023. He is author of Rethinking Taxation (2014) and several papers and book chapters (including articles in the Journal of Applied PhilosophyMoral Philosophy and PoliticsProblema, and Think). He blogs at Doug Bamford’s Tax Appeal and also offers Continuing Education Courses open to public.

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