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Toward a Small Family Ethic : How Overpopulation and Climate Change Are Affecting the Morality of Procreation.

Author: Travis N Rieder
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016.
Series: SpringerBriefs in public health., Ethics.
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This thought-provoking treatise argues that current human fertility rates are fueling a public health crisis that is at once local and global. Its analysis and data summarize the ecological costs of having children, presenting ethical dilemmas for prospective parents in an era of competition for scarce resources, huge disparities of wealth and poverty, and unsustainable practices putting irreparable stress on the  Read more...
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Rieder, Travis N.
Toward a Small Family Ethic : How Overpopulation and Climate Change Are Affecting the Morality of Procreation.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Travis N Rieder
ISBN: 9783319338712 3319338714 9783319338699 3319338692
OCLC Number: 952932347
Description: 1 online resource (78 pages).
Contents: Dedication; Preface; Contents; Chapter 1: Global Population and Public Health; 1.1 How Many People Can the Earth Sustain?; 1.2 The Multiplier Effect: Food, Water, Energy and Climate; 1.3 The Role of Population in Mitigating Climate Change; 1.4 Moral Urgency; 1.5 Conclusion: The Population Crisis is a Public Health Emergency; References; Chapter 2: What Can I Do? Small Effects and the Collective Action Worry; 2.1 The Scale of the Problem; 2.2 Lessons from Climate Ethics; 2.3 The Carbon Legacy of Procreation; 2.4 Absolute and Relative Significance. 2.5 Non-Consequentialist Intuitions About Significance2.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 3: Individual Obligation; 3.1 Duty Not to Contribute to Harms; 3.2 Duties of Justice; 3.3 Obligations to Our Possible Children; 3.4 What Might Our Obligation Be?; 3.5 Conclusion; References; Chapter 4: Challenges to Procreative Obligation; 4.1 Being Good Can Be Hard; 4.2 Maintaining Integrity; 4.3 Procreative Liberty; 4.4 Rights, What Is Right, and the Right to Do Wrong; 4.5 Conclusion; References; Chapter 5: Toward a Small Family Ethic; 5.1 (Green) Virtues; 5.2 Moral Reasons; 5.3 Meaning and Blame. 5.4 The Moral Burden to Have Small Families5.5 Conclusion; References; Index.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in public health., Ethics.

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This thought-provoking treatise argues that current human fertility rates are fueling a public health crisis that is at once local and global. Its analysis and data summarize the ecological costs of having children, presenting ethical dilemmas for prospective parents in an era of competition for scarce resources, huge disparities of wealth and poverty, and unsustainable practices putting irreparable stress on the planet. Questions of individual responsibility and integrity as well as personal moral and procreative issues are examined carefully against larger and more long-range concerns. The author assertion that even modest efforts toward reducing global fertility rates would help curb carbon emissions, slow rising global temperatures, and forestall large-scale climate disaster is well reasoned and more than plausible. Among the topics covered: · The multiplier effect: food, water, energy, and climate. · The role of population in mitigating climate change. · The carbon legacy of procreation. · Obligations to our possible children. · Rights, what is right, and the right to do wrong. · The moral burden to have small families. Toward a Small Family Ethic sounds a clarion call for bioethics students and working bioethicists. This brief, thought-rich volume steers readers toward challenges that need to be met, and consequences that will need to be addressed if they are not.

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