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Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence

Author: David Benatar
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Benatar
ISBN: 9780199549269 0199549265
OCLC Number: 223877374
Notes: Originally published in paperback.
Originally published: Oxford: Clarendon, 2006.
Description: xi, 237 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Why coming into existence is always a harm --
How bad is coming into existence? --
Having children: the anti-natal view --
Abortion: the 'pro-death' view --
Population and extinction.
Responsibility: David Benatar.
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Most people believe that they were either benefited or at least not harmed by being brought into existence. David Benatar presents a startling challenge to these assumptions. He argues that people  Read more...

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