Monday, November 27, 2006

 

Anyone for Extinction?

For those of you not on OUP's mailing list, I thought I'd make sure you don't miss the publication of David Benatar's Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence. It defends the views that being brought into existence is always a serious harm, that having children is always wrong, that we should hold a 'pro-death' stance on abortion, and that it would be better if humanity became extinct. And you thought dialetheism was weird...

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This made my day.
 
how would this go with Williamson's defense that we all necessarily exist?!
 
Samuel,

pshaw, like anyone believes ought implies can these days...

I asked for this for xmas but I'm guessing my folks won't be getting me a copy. Obviously I've not read the thing yet, but I'll say that because an ordinary life often involves the suffering of significant losses, you might think that prior consent is a necessary condition on creation. As you can't get the consent from the not yet born, maybe the conditions for permissible creation can't be satisfied?
 
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