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Introduction

David Benatar

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199296422
eISBN:
9780191712005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This introductory chapter begins by outlining the thesis of the book. It argues, contrary to Sigmund Freud and others, that the claim that it would have been better never to have come into existence ... More


Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?

David Benatar and David Wasserman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199333547
eISBN:
9780190249571
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333547.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In this book, two sides of the debate on the ethics of procreation are presented. One argues for the anti-natalist view that procreation is never morally permissible. In support of that conclusion he ... More


Introduction

David Benatar and David Wasserman

in Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199333547
eISBN:
9780190249571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333547.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This first chapter introduces readers to the competing views on procreation that are defended in the book. The ethics of procreation, quality-of-life issues, and the so-called misanthropic position ... More


Introducing Anti-Natalism

David Benatar

in Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199333547
eISBN:
9780190249571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333547.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter introduces anti-natalism, the view that is wrong to bring new people into existence. Nuances within the anti-natalist view are described and this position is contrasted with the ... More


“Why I Hate Children”: The Willful Sterility of The Country of the Pointed Firs

Holly Jackson

in American Blood: The Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199317042
eISBN:
9780199369256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199317042.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter addresses the shift in feminist thought away from the idealization of maternity in the late nineteenth century, examining white women’s growing interest in controlling reproduction. ... More


The Misanthropic Argument

David Benatar

in Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199333547
eISBN:
9780190249571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333547.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter advances a moral misanthropic argument for anti-natalism. This argument points to the dark side of human nature and to the vast amounts of harm that humans cause to other humans, to ... More


Reproducing Companion Animals

Jessica du Toit and David Benatar

in Pets and People: The Ethics of Companion Animals

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190456085
eISBN:
9780190456108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456085.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Breeding companion animals as well as allowing them to reproduce is controversial. In this chapter three kinds of argument for an alternative course of action are presented, namely preventing ... More


Babies Hurt Development, Except When We’re Modern (Developing World 1980–Present)

Richard Togman

in Nationalizing Sex: Fertility, Fear, and Power

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190871840
eISBN:
9780190871871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190871840.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

Chapter 10 traces the dramatic and sustained burst in anti-natalist activity within the developing world over the last forty years. Between 1976 and 2011 the number of least-developed states that ... More


Conclusion

Richard Togman

in Nationalizing Sex: Fertility, Fear, and Power

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190871840
eISBN:
9780190871871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190871840.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

Chapter 11 concludes the book and reflects on the lessons that can be learned from a holistic overview of the past three hundred years of governments’ attempts to manipulate the fertility of their ... More


The Misanthropic Argument for Anti-natalism

David Benatar

in Permissible Progeny?: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199378111
eISBN:
9780199378142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter advances a misanthropic moral argument for anti-natalism. According to this argument, we have a presumptive duty to desist from bringing into existence new members of species that cause ... More


Procreative Ethics and the Problem of Evil

Jason Marsh

in Permissible Progeny?: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199378111
eISBN:
9780199378142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Many people think that the amount of evil and suffering we observe provides important and perhaps decisive evidence against the claim that a loving God created our world. Yet almost nobody worries ... More


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