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David Benatar’s Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence

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I haphazardly linked to David Benatar’s Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence in my previous post, but since this is the single most important piece of philosophy I have yet come into contact with on this topic, I am posting it again. I am both surprised and heartened to find that my views have a compassionate champion in the world of professional philosophy. I am currently reading Professor Benatar’s book and expect to be posting about it in the coming weeks.

Summary from Google Books:

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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Written by Sister Y

April 29, 2008 at 1:53 am

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