On the social and personal value of existence

In Iwao Hirose & Andrew Reisner (eds.), Weighing and Reasoning: Themes from the Work of John Broome. Oxford University Press. pp. 95-109 (2015)
Alex Voorhoeve
London School of Economics
If a potential person would have a good life if he were to come into existence, can we regard his coming into existence as better for him than his never coming into existence? And can we regard the situation in which he never comes into existence as worse for him? In this paper, we argue that both questions should be answered affirmatively.
Keywords value of existence  population ethics  repugnant conclusion  person-affecting principle
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