I was reading a paper by Nick Bostrom this one to be exact and I am lost in what moral views there are that share the opposition to astronomical waste that he associates with Utilitarism.

Most concretely he says

" Utilitarians are not the only ones who should strongly oppose astronomical waste. There are many views about what has value that would concur with the assessment that the current rate of wastage constitutes an enormous loss of potential value. For example, we can take a thicker conception of human welfare than commonly supposed by utilitarians (whether of a hedonistic, experientialist, or desire-satisfactionist bent), such as a conception that locates value also in human flourishing, meaningful relationships, noble character, individual expression, aesthetic appreciation, and so forth. So long as the evaluation function is aggregative (does not count one person’s welfare for less just because there are many other persons in existence who also enjoy happy lives) and is not relativized to a particular point in time (no time-discounting), the conclusion will hold."

What are these moral views that Nick Bostrom refers to. Is there at least a significant list of examples?

  • I think protestant ethics is anti waste. Can't quite recall
    – user63148
    Nov 13, 2022 at 7:24
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    "John Calvin and his adherents taught that any form of waste must be frowned at,"
    – user63148
    Nov 13, 2022 at 7:26
  • Also might be a ref. to nonutilitarian environmental ethics broadly, like ecocentrism (land/territory having intrinsic value). Nov 13, 2022 at 16:16
  • Which conclusion is he talking about in the last line?
    – Marcus
    Nov 14, 2022 at 1:48
  • Apparently "astronomical waste" refers to the idea we are currently wasting the energy of the sun by not having a Dyson sphere around it. I think the question would attract more quality answers if you made it clear in the question's body, because this is a very, very niche concern. My first idea was that it's about the resources wasted in vanity space programs, others might get it wrong too.
    – armand
    Nov 16, 2022 at 22:54


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