Garrett Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics

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Philosophy

 

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Charles F

 

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May 13, 2014

 

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By Hardin's own account, it was a way of bolstering the following proposition: ...no single person or instituion has the right to destroy, waste or use more than a fair share of its resources. The correctness of this view would hardly seem to depend on whether the earth has a captain. But Hardin's reply would no doubt be that if we ae in a situation in which allowing everyone a "fair share" will lead to disaster, then this seemingly innocuous moral principle is dangerous...
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But Hardin's reply would no doubt be that if we ae in a situation in which allowing everyone a "fair share" will lead to disaster, then this seemingly innocuous moral principle is dangerous. In any case, Hardin prefers a different metaphor. Rich nations can be seen as lifeboats. The seas around them are filled with poor people who would like to get in the lifeboat or at least get a shae of the walth...
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