Thanks Dean! Good to hear from you.
I hope you don’t feel like I’m misrepresenting this paper. To be clear, I am referring to “What Should We Agree on about the Repugnant Conclusion?”, which includes the passages:
“We believe, however, that the Repugnant Conclusion now receives too much focus. Avoiding the Repugnant Conclusion should no longer be the central goal driving population ethics research, despite its importance to the fundamental accomplishments of the existing literature.”
“It is not simply an academic exercise, and we should not let it be governed by undue attention to one consideration. ”
That is from the introduction and conclusion. I’m not sure if that constitutes the “main claim”. I may have been overreaching to say that it “basically” only serves as a call for less attention. As I noted in the comment, my intention was never to lend too much credence to that particular claim.
I fully agree with your points on the interdisciplinary of population ethics and the unavoidability of incentives.