Longtermism is the view that positively influencing the long-term future has very high moral importance (Ord 2020: 46; MacAskill forthcoming).

A distinction is sometimes drawn between longtermism simpliciter and strong versions of that view (MacAskill 2019). While allowing that other forms of influence may also be important, strong longtermism holds that positively influencing the long-term future has dominant moral importance. This view has been defended by Hilary Greaves and William MacAskill (Greaves & MacAskill 2021), and has precedents in the work of Nick Bostrom (Bostrom 2003; Bostrom 2013), Nick Beckstead (Beckstead 2013; Beckstead 2019), and others.

Bibliography

Beckstead, Nick (2013) On the Overwhelming Importance of Shaping the Far Future, doctoral thesis, Rutgers University....

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