© 2004

The Repugnant Conclusion

Essays on Population Ethics

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö
  • Jesper Ryberg

Part of the Library Of Ethics And Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Jesper Ryberg, Torbjörn Tännsjö
    Pages 1-5
  3. Derek Parfit
    Pages 7-22
  4. Tim Mulgan
    Pages 23-44
  5. Charles Blackorby, Walter Bossert, David Donaldson
    Pages 45-59
  6. Clark Wolf
    Pages 61-80
  7. Tyler Cowen
    Pages 81-97
  8. Nils Holtug
    Pages 129-161
  9. Torbjörn Tännsjö
    Pages 219-237
  10. Derek Parfit
    Pages 257-257
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 259-261

About this book


Most people (including moral philosophers), when faced with the fact that some of their cherished moral views lead up to the Repugnant Conclusion, feel that they have to revise their moral outlook. However, it is a moot question as to how this should be done. It is not an easy thing to say how one should avoid the Repugnant Conclusion, without having to face even more serious implications from one's basic moral outlook. Several such attempts are presented in this volume. This is the first volume devoted entirely to the cardinal problem of modern population ethics, known as 'The Repugnant Conclusion'.

This book is a must for (moral) philosophers with an interest in population ethics.


Consequentialism ethics morality philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö
    • 1
  • Jesper Ryberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm UniversitySweden
  2. 2.University of RoskildeDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Repugnant Conclusion
  • Book Subtitle Essays on Population Ethics
  • Editors Jesper Ryberg
    Torbjörn Tännsjö
  • Series Title Library Of Ethics And Applied Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2472-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6663-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2473-3
  • Series ISSN 1387-6678
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 261
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ontology
    Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law
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From a pre-publication review:
"The strongest quality of this manuscript is that a very important problem in theoretical ethics gets a thorough treatment from different angles and by highly qualified authors. [...] it is very readable and suggestive. The introduction ties the contributions together in an instructive way and the various contributions are arranged in a logical way. Furthermore, the contributions all seem to take part in the same discussion and seem to be aware of each other. This gives freshness to the book. [...] the contributions are imaginative and pedagogical."