Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change Are Affecting the Morality of Procreation by Travis Rieder

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 28 (4):8-13 (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Travis Rieder's Toward a Small Family Ethic confronts the effects of population growth and addresses what individual procreative obligations might follow from it. In this review, I summarize the main arguments that Rieder deploys to defend his position that those with large ecological footprints morally ought to follow a small family ethic. I express sympathy with some of his claims and praise the book's accessibility, but its short length inevitably means that some important issues are omitted or given only superficial treatment. I highlight a few of those issues at the end of the review.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,322

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? by Sarah Conly.Travis N. Rieder - 2016 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 26 (2):29-34.
Climate Ethics and Population Policy.Philip Cafaro - 2012 - WIREs Climate Change 3 (1):45–61.
Acts, Omissions, Emissions.Garrett Cullity - 2015 - In Jeremy Moss (ed.), Climate Change and Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 148-64.
One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?Sarah Conly - 2016 - Oxford University Press USA.
Procreation, Adoption and the Contours of Obligation.Travis N. Rieder - 2014 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (3):293-309.
Sustainable Consumption, Climate Change and Future Generations.Dieter Helm - 2011 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 69:235-252.
The Morality of Population Control, with Special Reference to India.Surjit Singh - 1984 - Dissertation, St. John's University (New York)
Pain Medicine During an Opioid Epidemic Needs More Transparency, Not Less.Travis N. Rieder - 2018 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 9 (3):183-185.


Added to PP

119 (#146,871)

6 months
18 (#134,386)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Trevor Hedberg
University of Arizona

Citations of this work

Philosophy’s other climate problem☆.Michael Brownstein & Neil Levy - 2021 - Journal of Social Philosophy 52 (4):536-553.
Philosophy’s other climate problem☆.Michael Brownstein & Neil Levy - 2021 - Journal of Social Philosophy 52 (4):536-553.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references