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...


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

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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