The procreative asymmetry and the impossibility of elusive permission

Philosophical Studies 178 (11):3819-3842 (2021)
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Abstract

This paper develops a form of moral actualism that can explain the procreative asymmetry. Along the way, it defends and explains the attractive asymmetry: the claim that although an impermissible option can be self-conditionally permissible, a permissible option cannot be self-conditionally impermissible.

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