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Benatar, David

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Works: 28 works in 141 publications in 3 languages and 5,051 library holdings
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Most widely held works by David Benatar
Life, death, & meaning : key philosophical readings on the big questions by Susan Wolf( )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since 'Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions' first appeared, David Benatar's distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy has won a devoted following among users in a variety of upper-level and even introductory courses. While many philosophers in the "continental tradition"--Those known as "existentialists"-have engaged these issues at length and often with great popular appeal, English-speaking philosophers have had relatively little to say on these important questions. Yet, the methodology they bring to philosophical questions can, and occasionally has, been applied usefully to "existential" questions. This volume draws together a representative sample of primarily English-speaking philosophers' reflections on life's big questions, divided into six sections, covering (1) the meaning of life, (2) creating people, (3) death, (4) suicide, (5) immortality, and (6) optimism and pessimism. 0These key readings are supplemented with helpful introductions, study questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the material accessible and interesting for students. In short, the book provides a singular introduction to the way that philosophy has dealt with the big questions of life that we are all tempted to ask
Cutting to the core : exploring the ethics of contested surgeries by David Benatar( )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the benefits of surgery do not outweigh the harms or where they do not clearly do so, surgical interventions become morally contested. Cutting to the Core examines a number of such surgeries, including infant male circumcision and cutting the genitals of female children, the separation of conjoined twins, surgical sex assignment of intersex children and the surgical re-assignment of transsexuals, limb and face transplantation, cosmetic surgery, and placebo surgery
The second sexism : discrimination against men and boys by David Benatar( )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While the manifestation of sexism against women is widely acknowledged, few people take seriously the idea that males are also the victims of many and quite serious forms of sex discrimination. So unrecognized is the form of sexism that the mere mention of it will be laughable to some. Yet women are typically exempt from military conscription even where men are forced into battle and risk injury, emotional repercussions, and death. Males are more often victims of violent crime, as well as legalized violence such as corporal punishment. Sexual assault of males is often taken less seriously. Fathers are less likely to win custody of their children following divorce. In this book, philosophy professor David Benatar provides details of these and other examples of what he calls the "second sexism." He discusses what sexism is, responds to the objections of those who would deny that there is a second sexism, and shows how ignorance of or flippancy about discrimination against males undermines the fight against sex discrimination more generally. -- from back cover
Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence by David Benatar( Book )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most people believe that they were either benefitted or at least not harmed by being brought into existence. Thus, if they ever do reflect on whether they should bring others into existence - rather than having children without even thinking about whether they should - they presume that they do them no harm. Better Never to Have Been challenges these assumptions. David Benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm. Although the good things in one's life make one's life go better than it otherwise would have gone, one could not have been deprived by their absence if one had not existed. Those who never exist cannot be deprived. However, by coming into existence one does suffer quite serious harms that could not have befallen on had one not come into existence. Drawing on the relevant psychological literature, the author shows that there are a number of well-documented features of human psychology that explain why people systematically overestimate the quality of their lives and why they are thus resistant to the suggestion that they were seriously harmed by being brought into existence."--Jacket
Procreation and parenthood : the ethics of bearing and rearing children( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven essays on some of the main ethical issues raised by producing and rearing children
The human predicament : a candid guide to life's biggest questions by David Benatar( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Are our lives meaningful, or meaningless? Is our inevitable death a bad thing? Would immortaility be an improvement? Would it be better, all things considered, to hasten our death by suicide? Many people ask these big questions - and some people are plagued by them. Surprisingly, analytic philosophers have said relatively little about these important questions about the meaning of life. When they have tackled the big questions, they have tended, like popular writers, to offer comforting, optimistic answers. [This book] invites readers to take a clear-eyed and unfettered view of the human condition."--Jacket
Debating procreation : is it wrong to reproduce? by David Benatar( Book )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While procreation is ubiquitous, attention to the ethical issues involved in creating children is relatively rare. In Debating Procreation, David Benatar and David Wasserman take opposing views on this important question. David Benatar argues for the anti-natalist view that it is always wrong to bring new people into existence. He argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm and that even if it were not always so, the risk of serious harm is sufficiently great to make procreation wrong. In addition to these "philanthropic" arguments, he advances the "misanthropic" one that because humans are so defective and cause vast amounts of harm, it is wrong to create more of them. David Wasserman defends procreation against the anti-natalist challenge. He outlines a variety of moderate pro-natalist positions, which all see procreation as often permissible but never required. After criticizing the main anti-natalist arguments, he reviews those pronatalist positions. He argues that constraints on procreation are best understood in terms of the role morality of prospective parents, considers different views of that role morality, and argues for one that imposes only limited constraints based on the well-being of the future child. He then argues that the expected good of a future child and of the parent-child relationship can provide a strong justification for procreation in the face of expected adversities without giving individuals any moral reason to procreate
Ethics for everyday( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three score years and ... : the history of Minyan Yosef, 1926-1986 by David Benatar( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Umaretekonai hō ga yokatta : Sonzai shite shimau koto no gaiaku by David Benatar( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A justification for rights by David Benatar( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethics for everyday( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Telling lies, gossiping, practicing adultery, gambling, smoking, using offensive language, physically punishing one's children, copying copyrighted material - these are moral issues that affect our daily lives. [This book] is a collection of readings devoted to ethical problems like these that confront ordinary people in everyday life. The anthology covers the areas of communication, sex, parents and children, animals, money matters, body and environment.-Back cover
Better never to have been the harm of coming into existence by David Benatar( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Debating Procreation by David Benatar( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Justice, Diversity and Racial Preference : a Critique of Affirmative Action by David Benatar( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Life, death, & meaning : key philosophical readings on the big questions( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[This book] offers a collection of readings designed to introduce undergraduates and lay readers to the key existential questions of philosophy: Do our lives have meaning? Is death something to be feared? Would it be better to be immortal? Essays by classical and contemporary philosophers consider such topics as the meaning of life, creating people, death, suicide, immortality, and optimism and pessimism. These key readings are supplemented with helpful introductions, study questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the material accessible and interesting for students in the introductory philosophy and ethics courses. In short, the volume provides [an] introduction to the way that philosophy has dealt with the big questions of life that we are all tempted to ask.-Back cover
A justification for rights by David Benatar( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This thesis provides an argument in favour of there being natural rights. Such rights are rights which creatures necessarily have in virtue of their nature alone. These are to be distinguished from non-natural rights which may or may not be acquired. It is argued that natural rights possess three features: (1) they have correlative duties; (2) they have great strength; and (3) they are exclusively negative. It is argued further that that the strength of some natural rights must be absolute. One chapter is devoted to arguing against the justifications for rights advanced by Immanuel Kant, Alan Gewirth and John Rawls. Another chapter shows that the problem with utilitarianism is that it cannot satisfactorily accommodate rights. This thesis claims that morality must be connected to well-being and that well-being should be understood objectively rather than subjectively. Further, it advances the view that since individuals, rather than societies or temporal stages of individuals, are the morally significant units of existence, morality should be connected to the well-being of individuals. It is then argued that a moral tool possessing the features which absolute natural rights possess is essential to moor morality to individual well-being. Given the great strength of absolute rights, they must protect only the most important objective interests an individual subject has and they must protect against only the most severe violations of these interests. Various scales of harm to the individual are envisaged, including scales of pain, injury and restriction of liberty. The view is advanced that absolute rights come into existence at a particular threshold on these scales, absolutely protecting the individual from having to make a sacrifice of that degree or greater. Although absolute natural rights have this important function they I are not seen as being the only principles on the moral landscape or even the only nonderivative ones. A few chapters are devoted to applying t
Obscurity, falsehood, and innuendo – A response to M. John Lamola( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : In a paper on a "contextual South African philosophy curriculum", M. John Lamola makes some sweeping comments about South African philosophers during the apartheid era and insinuates parallels with those today who ask questions about what a decolonised curriculum is. His arguments here are unclear, are based on false and insufficiently nuanced claims, and are pregnant with innuendo. In my response I demonstrate this
Inflation : a study of its effects, and the accounting and management responses developed by American companies in the period 1985-1987 by David Benatar( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nebýt či být : o utrpení, které přináší příchod na tento svět by David Benatar( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Czech and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Cutting to the core : exploring the ethics of contested surgeriesBetter never to have been : the harm of coming into existenceProcreation and parenthood : the ethics of bearing and rearing childrenEthics for everyday
Alternative Names
David Benatar Filosofo e scrittore sudafricano

David Benatar filósofo sudafricano

David Benatar pedagoog uit Zuid-Afrika

David Benatar philosophe sud-africain

David Benatar südafrikanischer Philosoph, Professor an der Universität Kapstadt

Devid Benatar

Бенатар, Дэвид

דייוויד בנאטר פילוסוף דרום אפריקאי

دیوید بناتار

デビット・ベネイター

ベネター, デイヴィッド

大衛·班奈特

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English (129)

Japanese (2)

Czech (1)