chapter  4
Long-term Anthropocentrism
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Yet in practice we still do not count most human beings as our equals, for we routinely overlook the great majority of them: future people-those who will live but have not yet been born. This chapter is about remedying that oversight. Its focus is not on the generations of our children and grandchildren-people whom we are likely to know and for whom our existing moral ideas work fairly well-but rather on distant future people-those who will be born after we die-for they pose the most revealing ethical problems. More specifically, our topic is long-term anthropocentric ethics-the theory of our responsibilities to distant future people.