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  1. Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence.David Benatar - 2009 - Human Studies 32 (1):101-108.
     
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  2. Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence.David Benatar - 2006 - New York ;Oxford University Press.
    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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  3. Still Better Never to Have Been: A Reply to My Critics.David Benatar - 2013 - The Journal of Ethics 17 (1-2):121-151.
    In Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence, I argued that coming into existence is always a harm and that procreation is wrong. In this paper, I respond to those of my critics to whom I have not previously responded. More specifically, I engage the objections of Tim Bayne, Ben Bradley, Campbell Brown, David DeGrazia, Elizabeth Harman, Chris Kaposy, Joseph Packer and Saul Smilansky.
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    The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys.David Benatar - 2012 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Does sexism against men exist? What it looks like and why we need to take it seriously_ This book draws attention to the "second sexism," where it exists, how it works and what it looks like, and responds to those who would deny that it exists. Challenging conventional ways of thinking, it examines controversial issues such as sex-based affirmative action, gender roles, and charges of anti-feminism. The book offers an academically rigorous argument in an accessible style, including the careful use (...)
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  5. Between Prophylaxis and Child Abuse: The Ethics of Neonatal Male Circumcision.Michael Benatar & David Benatar - 2003 - American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2):35-48.
    Opinion about neonatal male circumcision is deeply divided. Some take it to be a prophylactic measure with unequivocal and significant health benefits, while others consider it a form of child abuse. We argue against both these polar views. In doing so, we discuss whether circumcision constitutes bodily mutilation, whether the absence of the child's informed consent makes it wrong, the nature and strength of the evidence regarding medical harms and benefits, and what moral weight cultural considerations have. We conclude that (...)
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  6. Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children.David Archard & David Benatar (eds.) - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
    Procreation and Parenthood offers new and original essays by leading philosophers on some of the main ethical issues raised by these activities.
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    Famine, Affluence, and Procreation: Peter Singer and Anti-Natalism Lite.David Benatar - 2020 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 23 (2):415-431.
    Peter Singer has argued that the affluent have very extensive duties to the world’s poor. His argument has some important implications for procreation, most of which have not yet been acknowledged. These implications are explicated in this paper. First, the rich should desist from procreation and instead divert to the poor those resources that would have been used to rear the children that would otherwise have been produced. Second, the poor should desist from procreation because doing so can prevent the (...)
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  8. The Limits of Reproductive Freedom.David Benatar - 2010 - In David Archard & David Benatar (eds.), Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children. Oxford University Press.
     
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  9. Taking Humour (Ethics) Seriously, But Not Too Seriously.David Benatar - unknown
    Humour is worthy of serious ethical consideration. However, it is often taken far too seriously. In this paper, it is argued that while humour is sometimes unethical, it is wrong much less often than many people think. Non-contextual criticisms, which claim that certain kinds of humour are always wrong, are rejected. Contextual criticisms, which take issue with particular instances of humour rather than types of humour, are more promising. However, it is common to overstate the number of contexts in which (...)
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  10. The Unbearable Lightness of Bringing Into Being.David Benatar - 1999 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 (2):173–180.
  11. Why It Is Better Never to Come Into Existence.David Benatar - 1997 - American Philosophical Quarterly 34 (3):345 - 355.
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    Prejudice in Jest: When Racial and Gender Humor Harms.David Benatar - 1999 - Public Affairs Quarterly 13 (2):191-203.
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    The Trouble with Universal Declarations.David Benatar - 2005 - Developing World Bioethics 5 (3):220–224.
    ABSTRACTA number of problems plague universal declarations. To the extent that those drafting and adopting the declaration represent a range of different views, consensus can only be obtained if the declaration makes minimalist claims that all can support, or makes claims that are vague enough that they can be interpreted to everybody's satisfaction. To the extent that a universal declaration avoids these problems, and takes an unequivocal and controversial stand, it does so by privileging the view that is hegemonic . (...)
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    The Second Sexism.David Benatar - 2003 - Social Theory and Practice 29 (2):177-210.
  15. Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?David Benatar & David Wasserman - 2015 - Oxford University Press USA.
    While procreation is ubiquitous, attention to the ethical issues involved in creating children is relatively rare. In Debating Procreation, David Benatar and David Wasserman take opposing views on this important question. David Benatar argues for the anti-natalist view that it is always wrong to bring new people into existence. He argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm and that even if it were not always so, the risk of serious harm is sufficiently great to make procreation wrong. (...)
     
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  16. Two Views of Sexual Ethics: Promiscuity, Pedophilia, and Rape.David Benatar - 2002 - Public Affairs Quarterly 16:191-201.
    Many people think that promiscuity is morally acceptable, but rape and pedophilia are heinous. I argue, however, that the view of sexual ethics that underlies an acceptance of promiscuity is inconsistent with regarding (1) rape as worse than other forms of coercion or assault, or (2) (many) sex acts with willing children as wrong at all. And the view of sexual ethics that would fully explain the wrong of rape and pedophilia would also rule out promiscuity. I intend this argument (...)
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    Obscurity, Falsehood, and Innuendo – A Response to M. John Lamola.David Benatar - 2018 - South African Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):66-68.
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    Procreative Permissiveness.David Benatar - 2015 - Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (5):417-418.
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    A Pain in the Fetus: Toward Ending Confusion About Fetal Pain.David Benatar & Michael Benatar - 2001 - Bioethics 15 (1):57–76.
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    Evaluations of Circumcision Should Be Circumscribed by the Evidence.David Benatar - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (7):431-432.
    One common mistake in discussions about the ethics of infant male circumcisioni is to attempt to answer the question of the practice's permissibility by appealing to general principles and bypassing the empirical evidence about purported benefits and harms of the practice.Joseph Mazor1 avoids the mistake of appealing only to general principles. He correctly argues that it is not sufficient to invoke a child's right to bodily integrity or to self-determinationii. Moreover, he does not appeal to parents’ rights to religious or (...)
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  21. The Gendered Conference Campaign: A Critique.David Benatar - 2015 - Philosophia 43 (1):13-23.
    The Gendered Conference Campaign seeks to reduce the prevalence of conferences at which the keynote speakers are all male. Such conferences, according to proponents of the campaign, stereotype philosophy as male, contribute to implicit bias against women and perpetuate stereotype threat. I argue, first, that if a more diverse list of keynote speakers were the correct way to counter harms such as implicit bias and stereotype threat, then a Gendered Conference Campaign would not be the solution. The campaign would need (...)
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    The Wrong of Wrongful Life.David Benatar - 2000 - American Philosophical Quarterly 37 (2):175 - 183.
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    3:2 Target Article Authors Respond to Commentators: How Not to Argue About Circumcision.David Benatar & Michael Benatar - 2003 - American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2):1 – 9.
    Opinion about neonatal male circumcision is deeply divided. Some take it to be a prophylactic measure with unequivocal and significant health benefits, while others consider it a form of child abuse. We argue against both these polar views. In doing so, we discuss whether circumcision constitutes bodily mutilation, whether the absence of the child's informed consent makes it wrong, the nature and strength of the evidence regarding medical harms and benefits, and what moral weight cultural considerations have. We conclude that (...)
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  24. Unscientific Ethics: Science and Selective Ethics.David Benatar - 2007 - Hastings Center Report 37 (1):30-32.
  25. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions.David Benatar (ed.) - 2004 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Introduction -- Part I: The meaning of life -- Richard Taylor, The meaning of life -- Thomas Nagel, The absurd -- Richard Hare, Nothing matters -- W.D. Joske, Philosophy and the meaning of life -- Robert Nozick, Philosophy and the meaning of life -- David Schmidtz, The meanings of life -- Part II: Creating people -- Derek Parfit, Whether causing someone to exist can benefit this person -- John Leslie, Why not let life ecome extinct? -- James Lenman, On becoming (...)
     
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  26. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions.David Benatar (ed.) - 2004 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Life, Death, and Meaning is designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy.
     
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    How Does Anybody Live in This Strange Place? A Reply to Samantha Vice.David Benatar - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (4):619-361.
    This article builds on Samantha Vice’s argument on the problem of whiteness in contemporary South Africa. I will explore the thesis of invisibility regarding whiteness and argue for its relevance to the rich per se. This thesis demonstrates how white privilege and affluence, despite being glaringly visible in a concrete sense, is rendered invisible together with the mostly black poverty by which it is contrasted. The invisibility of whiteness translates and flows into the so-called ‘invisibility of richness’, which involves anyone (...)
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    3:2 Target Article Authors Respond to Commentators: How Not to Argue About Circumcision.David Benatar & Michael Benatar - 2003 - American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2):1-9.
    Opinion about neonatal male circumcision is deeply divided. Some take it to be a prophylactic measure with unequivocal and significant health benefits, while others consider it a form of child abuse. We argue against both these polar views. In doing so, we discuss whether circumcision constitutes bodily mutilation, whether the absence of the child's informed consent makes it wrong, the nature and strength of the evidence regarding medical harms and benefits, and what moral weight cultural considerations have. We conclude that (...)
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    A First Name Basis?David Benatar - 2011 - Think 10 (29):51-57.
    Many societies are now characterized by much more informality than they were before. One manifestation of this is that whereas children would previously address adults more deferentially , they are now much more likely to call adults by their first names. The same is true of younger adults addressing considerably older adults. Is this greater familiarity acceptable or should it be avoided?
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  30. What's God Got to Do with It? Atheism and Religious Practice.David Benatar - 2006 - Ratio 19 (4):383–400.
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    The Trouble with Universal Declarations.David Benatar - 2005 - Developing World Bioethics 5 (3):220-224.
    ABSTRACTA number of problems plague universal declarations. To the extent that those drafting and adopting the declaration represent a range of different views, consensus can only be obtained if the declaration makes minimalist claims that all can support, or makes claims that are vague enough that they can be interpreted to everybody's satisfaction. To the extent that a universal declaration avoids these problems, and takes an unequivocal and controversial stand, it does so by privileging the view that is hegemonic. After (...)
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  32. Corporal Punishment.David Benatar - 1998 - Social Theory and Practice 24 (2):237-260.
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    Referees for Volume 7.Andrew Altman, Michael Barnhart, Avner Baz, David Benatar, Yitzhak Benbaji, Talia Bettcher, Brian Bix, Jeffrey Bland-Ballard & Lene Bomann-Larsen - 2010 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (4):541-542.
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    A First Name Basis?–Erratum.David Benatar - 2012 - Think 11 (30):115-115.
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    A Storm in a Turban.David Benatar - 2006 - Think 5 (13):17-22.
    Did those who published the cartoons of Muhammad do something wrong?
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    Cartoons and Consequences.David Benatar - 2008 - Think 6 (17-18):53-57.
    Philosophical debate over the infamous Danish cartoons of Muhammad continues.
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    Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and the Quality of Life, by David DeGrazia.David Benatar - 2014 - Mind 123 (490):585-588.
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  38. Christine Overall: Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate: The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2012, Pp. Xiii + 253. [REVIEW]David Benatar - 2014 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (3):583-585.
    The prevailing view about procreation, Christine Overall observes, is that “having children is the default position; not having children is what requires explanation and justification” (p. 3). These assumptions, she says, “are the opposite of what they ought to be” and that the “burden of proof … should rest primarily on those who choose to have children” (ibid). The ostensible goal of Why Have Children? is to discuss when this burden is and is not met.Professor Overall’s conclusions are much less (...)
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    Choosing Tomorrow’s Children.David Benatar - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (3):524-530.
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    Choosing Tomorrow’s Children: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction. [REVIEW]David Benatar - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (3):524-530.
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  41. Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries.David Benatar (ed.) - 2006 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    When the benefits of surgery do not outweigh the harms or where they do not clearly do so, surgical interventions become morally contested. Cutting to the Core examines a number of such surgeries, including infant male circumcision and cutting the genitals of female children, the separation of conjoined twins, surgical sex assignment of intersex children and the surgical re-assignment of transsexuals, limb and face transplantation, cosmetic surgery, and placebo surgery.
     
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    Forsaking Wisdom.David Benatar - 2016 - The Philosophers' Magazine 72:23-24.
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    Jonathan Glover, Choosing Children: The Ethical Dilemmas of Genetic Intervention. [REVIEW]David Benatar - 2007 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (2):227-228.
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    Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions, 2nd Edition.David Benatar (ed.) - 2010 - Rowman & Littlefield.
    Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions first appeared, David Benatar’s distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy has won a devoted following among users in a variety of upper-level and even introductory courses.
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  45. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions.David Benatar, Margaret A. Boden, Peter Caldwell, Fred Feldman, John Martin Fischer, Richard Hare, David Hume, W. D. Joske, Immanuel Kant, Frederick Kaufman, James Lenman, John Leslie, Steven Luper, Michaelis Michael, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit, George Pitcher, Stephen E. Rosenbaum, David Schmidtz, Arthur Schopenhauer, David B. Suits, Richard Taylor, Bruce N. Waller & Bernard Williams (eds.) - 2004 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions first appeared, David Benatar's distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy has won a devoted following among users in a variety of upper-level and even introductory courses.
     
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  46. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions.David Benatar (ed.) - 2004 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better if we were immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Life, Death, and Meaning brings together key readings, primarily by English-speaking philosophers, on such 'big questions.'.
     
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  47. No Life is Good.David Benatar - 2011 - The Philosophers' Magazine 53 (53):62-66.
    The worst pains seem to be worse than the best pleasures are good. Anybody who doubts this should consider what choice they would make if they wereoffered the option of securing an hour of the most sublime pleasures possible in exchange for suffering an hour of the worst pain possible.
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    No Life is Good.David Benatar - 2011 - The Philosophers' Magazine 53:62-66.
    The worst pains seem to be worse than the best pleasures are good. Anybody who doubts this should consider what choice they would make if they wereoffered the option of securing an hour of the most sublime pleasures possible in exchange for suffering an hour of the worst pain possible.
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  49. Not “Not ‘Better Never to Have Been’”: A Reply to Christine Overall.David Benatar - 2019 - Philosophia 47 (2):353-367.
    In her Why Have Children?, Christine Overall takes issue with my anti-natalist arguments that it is better never to come into existence. She provides three criticisms of my arguments and then, in a fourth criticism, suggests that my conclusions are bad for women. I respond to her criticisms, arguing that they fail.
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  50. Non-Therapeutic Pediatric Interventions.David Benatar - 2008 - In Peter A. Singer & A. M. Viens (eds.), The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics. Cambridge University Press.
     
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