Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20 (3):657-664 (2017)

Lantz Fleming Miller
University of Twente
Camus considered the most crucial philosophical problem to be that of suicide—whether to discontinue your existence by endingit. Alternatively, a most crucial philosophical problem may be procreation—whether to continue human existence by making new humans. The topic has spurred an increasing amount of debate over the past decade, with marked diversion with Anscomb’s comment that it makes no moral sense to inquire whether one should reproduce. One might as well ask why digest food or why should the wind blow. This article reviews some of the most recent literature on this topic, which shows little resemblance to Anscomb’s remark.
Keywords Anti-natalism  Environmental degradation  Harms to the unborn.  Morality of reproducing  Non-identity problem.  Procreative balance  Pro-natalism  Single-child policy
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-016-9767-9
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