Future generations
Do we want to build a society that is only good for us and not for our children or grand-children? If not, how do make informed decisions?

People who exist today shape the life and conditions of future generations by the decisions they make in their lifetime. If we take this power seriously, we should reflect on what it means morally – should we care about people who do not yet exist, and how?

A large part of the research conducted in this area is philosophical. It involves developing theories of morality and justice to include decisions that affect both the number of people and what people will exist, in a way that feels acceptable to us. These theories are however developed in order to be used in actual decisions, for example those concerning our impact on the climate and local environment, the development of technologies and medicines, and what kinds of research we should promote.

The question of how our decisions affect future generations is present in most of the ongoing research at the institute. Whether the research deals with assessing risks of technological development, the mitigation of violence, discrimination and inequality, or how political decisions should be made – the long-term perspective is present.

Researchers

Anders Herlitz
Anders Herlitz
Associate Professor, Practical Philosophy
Dean Spears
Dean Spears
Assistant Professor, Economics
Elizabeth Finneron-Burns
Elizabeth Finneron-Burns
Postdoctoral researcher, Philosophy
Eric Brandstedt
Eric Brandstedt
PhD, Philosophy
Göran Duus-Otterström
Göran Duus-Otterström
Professor, Political Science
Gustaf Arrhenius
Gustaf Arrhenius
Director and Professor, Practical Philosophy
H. Orri Stefánsson
H. Orri Stefánsson
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Hilary Greaves
Hilary Greaves
Professor, Philosophy
Johan E. Gustafsson
Johan E. Gustafsson
PhD, Philosophy
John Broome
John Broome
Emeritus White’s Professor, Moral Philosophy
Julia Mosquera
Julia Mosquera
PhD, Philosophy
Karin Bäckstrand
Karin Bäckstrand
Professor, Environmental Social Science
Katie Steele
Katie Steele
Associate Professor
Kirsti Jylhä
Kirsti Jylhä
PhD, Psychology
Krister Bykvist
Krister Bykvist
Professor, Practical Philosophy
Malcolm Fairbrother
Malcolm Fairbrother
Professor, Sociology
Martin Kolk
Martin Kolk
Associate Professor, Demography
Melinda A. Roberts
Melinda A. Roberts
Professor, Philosophy
Olle Torpman
Olle Torpman
PhD, Practical Philosophy
Paul J Bowman
Paul J Bowman
PhD, Philosophy
Ralf M. Bader
Ralf M. Bader
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Stéphane Zuber
Stéphane Zuber
Research professor
Timothy Campbell
Timothy Campbell
PhD, Philosophy
Wlodek Rabinowicz
Wlodek Rabinowicz
Senior Professor, Practical Philosophy
Load more publications