Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence

New York ;Oxford University Press (2006)
David Benatar
University of Cape Town
Better Never to Have Been argues for a number of related, highly provocative, views: (1) Coming into existence is always a serious harm. (2) It is always wrong to have children. (3) It is wrong not to abort fetuses at the earlier stages of gestation. (4) It would be better if, as a result of there being no new people, humanity became extinct. These views may sound unbelievable--but anyone who reads Benatar will be obliged to take them seriously.
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Call number BD431.B3919 2006
ISBN(s) 0199296421   9780199296422     9780199549269
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