This is a link post for "Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?" in the New York Times today:
There are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles about the prospect of human extinction. This should not be surprising, given the increasingly threatening predations of climate change. In reflecting on this question, I want to suggest an answer to a single question, one that hardly covers the whole philosophical territory but is an important aspect of it. Would human extinction be a tragedy?
Scheffler's views do not line up with those of many in our community, but it's interesting and somewhat surprising to me to see this discussed so prominently.