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Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence by [Benatar, David]

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence Kindle Edition

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This isn't a new book, but it is generating increasing discussion in university departments and elsewhere: hence this review... If you enjoy an ethical challenge, then read this book. (Malcolm Torry, Triple Helix)

For those who admire really careful and imaginative argumentation, and are interested in either issues of life and death, or the foundations of morality, it's a must read (Harry Brighouse, Out of the Crooked Timber)

Benatar's discussion is clear and intelligent. (Yujin Nagasawa MIND)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2640 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (19 October 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,71,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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