Is There a Moral Obligation to Have Children?

Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (1):41-53 (1995)
ABSTRACT I argue, counter‐intuitively, that under certain conditions many people are under some moral requirement to attempt to bring children into being . There is only rarely a strict obligation to have children, but more moderate, inclining moral considerations in favour of having children, have a place in our moral world. I begin by considering a large number of arguments in favour and against the possibility of an obligation to have children. Then I examine when the weight of one set of arguments is greater. And I conclude by pointing out some general lessons from the discussion
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5930.1995.tb00118.x
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