Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce? by David BenatarDebating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce? by David Benatar

Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?

byDavid Benatar, David Wasserman

Paperback | June 15, 2015

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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 wrongto 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 thatbecause 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 arguesthat 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 afuture 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
David Benatar is Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence (Oxford), and The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys (Wiley-Blackwell). David Wasserman works at the Center for Bioethics at Yeshiva University ...
Title:Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 7.99 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

David Benatar and David Wasserman: IntroductionPart One: Anti-NatalismDavid Benatar: 1. Introducing Anti-Natalism2. The Asymmetry Argument3. The Quality of Life Argument4. The Misanthropic Argument5. Contra ProcreationPart Two: Pro-NatalismDavid Wasserman: 6. Better to Have Lived and Lost?7. Against Anti-Natalism8. The Good of the Future Child and the Parent-Child Relationship as Goals of Procreation9. Impersonal Constraints on Procreation10. Alternatives to Impersonal Approaches: Birthrights and Role-Based Duties

Editorial Reviews

"In this concise volume, Benatar and Wasserman advance the procreative ethics debate clearly, provocatively, and innovatively. Each develops his side of the debate with originality, cogency, and wit, and engages with the latest arguments in the field. The problem is that they are bothpersuasive." --Rivka Weinberg, Scripps College