Better Never to Have Been

Better Never to Have Been

The Harm of Coming Into Existence

Book - 2006
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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.

Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York ; Oxford University Press, 2006
Description: xi, 237 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780199296422
Branch Call Number: 128 Ben


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Sep 23, 2018

Intriguing, well written book with arguments for (or against) the existence of humans. Good for discussion, makes you think while reading.

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Mar 20, 2013

Very academic writing on such an interesting issue: is it a kindness or an imposition to bring a child into existence? The title tells us the author's position, and I agree. I've born and raised beautiful kids who've grown up to be wonderful people, but life is hard for them. Their pain stabs my heart because they don't deserve such bum deals. The common piety of my youth was one's responsibility to give the gift of life, and to be ever grateful to our parents for having born us. And yet no one denied that life was hard and full of pain. Time to get real.

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