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Counterfactual Utilitarianism: A New Metaphysical Approach to Consequentialist Ethics

Semester: Spring 2024


Presentation description

I defend and apply a new ethical framework: counterfactual utilitarianism. I explain how it prescribes that we evaluate the morality of actions and show that (because it takes into account the pragmatic nature of identity and the incoherence of ethical comparisons between existence and nonexistence) it produces moral conclusions distinct from those of other forms of utilitarianism. I apply this framework to the non-identity problem and the the ethics of embryo selection vs gene editing.

Presenter Name: Milo Yeates

Presentation Type: Oral
Presentation Format: In Person
College: Humanities
School / Department: Philosophy
Research Mentor: Matt Haber
Date | Time: Tuesday, Apr 9th | 10:45 AM
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Union Parlor A