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Better Never to Have Been


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1: Introduction 2: Why coming into existence is always a harm 3: How bad is coming into existence? 4: Having Children: The Anti-Natal View 5: Abortion: The 'Pro-Death' View 6: Population and Extinction 7: Conclusion

About the Author

David Benatar is currently Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He received his Ph.D. from that university, did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1993 to 1995, and was Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1995 until 1997. His teaching and research interests are in moral philosophy and related areas. In 1999 he was awarded the University of Cape Town's Distinguished Teacher Award.


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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