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Author Benatar, David, author.

Title Debating procreation : is it wrong to reproduce? / David Benatar and David Wasserman
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource
Series Debating ethics
Debating ethics.
Contents Anti-natalism / by David Benatar -- Introducing anti-natalism -- The asymmetry argument -- The quality of life argument -- The misanthropic argument -- Contra procreation -- Pro-natalism / by David Wasserman -- Better to have lived and lost? -- Against anti-natalism -- The good of the future child and the parent-child relationship as goals of procreation -- Impersonal constraints on procreation -- Alternatives to impersonal approaches: birthrights and role-based duties
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed April 8, 2015)
Subject Human reproduction -- Moral and ethical aspects
Life -- Moral and ethical aspects
Quality of life.
Reproductive Rights -- ethics
Reproductive Behavior -- ethics
Quality of Life
Wrongful Life -- ethics
quality of life.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Sexuality.
Quality of life
Human reproduction -- Moral and ethical aspects
Life -- Moral and ethical aspects
Form Electronic book
Author Wasserman, David T., author.
ISBN 9780199334063