Gianfranco Pellegrino

Introductory Note. Population Ethics: The Unavoidability of the Quality of Life and the Ensuing Paradoxes

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Population ethics is defined and presented, and some of the paradoxes it encapsulates are spelled out. It is argued that the concept of the quality of a life or of a life worth living can- not be avoided if inquiry on many relevant ethical and political topics is to be pursued in a theoretically fitting mode. In particular, the article deals with the asymmetry between rea- sons for not creating unhappy lives and reasons for creating happy lives, the well-known repugnant conclusion and the paradox of mere addition.


  • Population Ethics
  • Quality of Life
  • Repugnant Conclusion
  • Mere Addition Paradox
  • Asymmetry


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