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Published: 29 September 2016

224 Pages

ISBN: 9780190469177

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Death and the Afterlife

Samuel Scheffler and Edited by Niko Kolodny

The Berkeley Tanner Lectures

  • Scheffler defends the striking thesis that in certain important respects, the future existence of people we do not know and love matters more to us than our own survival and the survival of the people we do know and love.
  • The book argues that the prospect of humanity's extinction poses a threat to the ability of those now living to lead good and fulfilling lives. This has implications for the way we think about the threats to humanity's survival posed by climate change, nuclear proliferation, and other, similar problems.
  • Scheffler claims that we have compelling reasons to take the interests of future generations seriously, not merely because they are dependent on us and vulnerable to being harmed by what we do, but also, and less obviously, because we are dependent on them if we are to lead successful lives.

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