By James Jackson Kilpatrick
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Second, I have argued that moral intuitions regarding future generations can partly be explained through an appeal to the human need for self-transcendence. On its own, this solution does not underpin any rights of future generations. However, given the dominance of anti-perfectionist language in modern political discourse, there is reason to assume that society translates its existing concern for selftranscendence and meaning in life into terms of duties to and rights of future generations. In such a political discourse, rights offer once more a guide for political action.
I offered a new approach which might offer a solution. However, even if no solution to Parfit’s problem is accepted as entirely satisfactory, I believe the present reflective disequilibrium justifies a ‘precautionary approach’ until a satisfactory coherence is regained between intuitions and theory. Second, I have argued that moral intuitions regarding future generations can partly be explained through an appeal to the human need for self-transcendence. On its own, this solution does not underpin any rights of future generations.
194). Heyd 39 argues, however, that several general empirical facts of biology, psychology and ecology can explain our intuitions in such cases as presented by Parfit. Few people would be able, for example, to project themselves into the mind of a woman who could not wait for two months until her illness had passed, but knowingly chooses to conceive a handicapped child. For most people, after all, the decision to have children is a selfish choice arising from a variety of motives, such as security for old age, status, power, psychological stimulation, expression of primary group ties (love), companionship, self-realization, the preservation of lineage, the continuation, multiplication or expansion of the self, or even simple fun (Heyd, 1992: 199).
A special study of the Portuguese Provinces: A Place for Pioneers by James Jackson Kilpatrick