Population and ethics

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-S045-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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References and further reading

  • Barry, B. (1977) ‘Justice Between Generations’, in P. Hacker and J. Raz (eds) Law, Morality, and Society, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Deals with the problems of applying traditional theories of justice in the intergenerational sphere.)

  • Bayles, M. (1980) Morality and Population Policy, Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

    (A comprehensive discussion of the ethics of population policies and their implementation.)

  • Dasgupta, P. (1987) ‘The Ethical Foundation of Population Policies’, in D. Gale Johnson and R.D. Lee (eds) Population Growth and Economic Development, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

    (A sophisticated analysis by an economist of the issue of optimum population size.)

  • Hardin, G. (1968) ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’, Science 162 (December): 1243–8.

    (A classic presentation of the problem of coordination in population policies.)

  • Hartmann, B. (1987) Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and Contraceptive Choice, New York: Harper & Row.

    (A feminist point of view of the subject.)

  • Heyd, D. (1992) Genethics: Moral Issues in the Creation of People, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    (A radically person-affecting view; see in particular chapter 5.)

  • Narveson, J. (1967) ‘Utilitarianism and New Generations’, Mind 76 (1): 62–72.

    (The first modern discussion of the problems of applying utilitarian principles to population issues.)

  • Parfit, D. (1984) Reasons and Persons, Oxford: Clarendon Press, part IV.

    (Extensive discussion of the paradoxes of population; includes a critique of the person-affecting view.)

  • Rawls, J. (1971) A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, §§44–5.

    (The application of the theory of justice to future generations, particularly in the issue of savings.)

  • Sikora, R.I. and Barry, B. (1979) Obligations to Future Generations, Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

    (The best collection of essays on the subject.)

  • Singer, P. (1976) ‘A Utilitarian Population Principle’, in M. Bayles (ed.) Ethics and Population, Cambridge, MA: Schenkman.

    (A sophisticated person-affecting view.)

Citing this article:
Heyd, David. Bibliography. Population and ethics, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-S045-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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