A New Argument for Anti-Natalism

  title={A New Argument for Anti-Natalism},
  author={Christopher Belshaw},
  journal={South African Journal of Philosophy},
  pages={117 - 127}
  • C. Belshaw
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Sociology
  • South African Journal of Philosophy
Consider the view that coming into existence is bad for us. Can we hold this and yet deny that ceasing to exist would be good for us? I argue that we can. First, many animals have lives such that they would be better off not existing. Second, if persons and babies are distinct things then the same is true of babies. Third, even if persons and babies are not distinct things – rather they are phases that human beings go through – still it is bad for babies that they come into existence. So it was… 
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