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Future People and the Concept of Sustainability

The concept of sustainabitlity is increasingly important in many different contexts. According to the UN "Brundtland report" from 1987, a sustainable development requires that we avoid "compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

The concept of sustainability is based on the needs of future people. The main purpose of this project is to specify what we should mean by future people in this context, in such a way that sustainability becomes more well-defined and thereby more useful as a policy tool. Phase one is focused on the fact that our actions today determine which people will exist in the future, phase two the fact that our actions today will determine how many people live in the future, and phase three considers the value of human survival. We expect that these investigations will benefit both sustainability research and population ethics as a philosophical field of study.

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Title of Project

Future People and the Concept of Sustainability

Project Period

09/01/2017 - 12/31/2020

Subject areas

Practical philosophy

Head of research

Kalle Grill, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies

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