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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, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on 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.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Benatar, David.
Better never to have been.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006299658
(OCoLC)70881677
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Benatar
ISBN: 9780191516313 0191516317 0199296421 9780199296422 9780191712005 0191712000
OCLC Number: 140072555
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 237 pages) : illustrations
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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Argues for a number of views: coming into existence is always a serious harm; it is always wrong to have children; it is wrong not to abort foetuses at the earlier stages of gestation; it would be  Read more...

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