Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

by David Benatar
ISBN-10:
0199549265
ISBN-13:
9780199549269
Pub. Date:
09/15/2008
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Overview

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

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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ISBN-13: 9780199549269
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 418,355
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Benatar is currently Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He received his Ph.D. from that university, did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1993 to 1995, and was Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1995 until 1997. His teaching and research interests are in moral philosophy and related areas. In 1999 he was awarded the University of Cape Town's Distinguished Teacher Award.

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1. Introduction

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Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for everyone, especially those considering having children. His arguments are irrefutable, revealing the reality of life and existence.
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