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 unbelievablebut anyone who reads Benatar will be obliged to take them seriously.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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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Should be required reading for everyone, especially those considering having children. His arguments are irrefutable, revealing the reality of life and existence.