Sheds Light On Purpose Of The Universe And Future Life
A professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, Dr Mulgan is the 2022 recipient of the Humanities Aronui Medal from the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
He says thinking about how we can extend current ethical thinking, which focuses on what we owe to one another, to cover the many new ways in which we can influence the lives of future people involves “fascinating philosophical puzzles” driven by the fact that the very existence and identity of future people depend on our present decisions.
“Can you harm someone by your actions if they would otherwise never have existed at all, for example? And there is also the pressing, practical question of how we should balance the interests of people in the present against the interests of those in the future.”
His research on cosmic purpose arose indirectly from a teaching experience at the University of Auckland.
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