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Why can a human never have a child for a potential child's sake?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). [p. 2 Top:]  Creating new people, by having babies, is so much a part of human life that it is rarely thought even to require a ...
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How can you soundly argue for antinatalism based on lack of consent?

Of the many arguments that bolster antinatalism, I'm contemplating only consent here: Consent: The fact that life contains suffering might be tolerable under certain circumstances, i.e. if one ...
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Is antinatalism against any kind of producing new minds (people)?

My argument is "it's better never to be a child". Being transhumanist, I assert it's better for new people to be produced adults right away, skipping the childhood part and believe it will be possible....
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Is Benatar's “asymmetry of pleasure and pain” wrong?

I’ve some doubts regarding the epistyle of David Benatar's thought, the “asymmetry of pleasure and pain”. In Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence he writes that: Both good ...
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Does antinatalism carry the seeds of its own destruction?

Antinatalists claim that it is immoral to procreate. For instance: David Benatar argues there is an asymmetry between pleasure and pain, which means it would be better for humans not to have ...
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What's incongruous in this joke? ‘Never to be born would be the best thing […] But this happens to scarcely 1 person in 100,000.’

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 3 Bottom - 4 Top. WHO IS SO LUCKY? A version of the view I defend in this book is the subject of some humour: Life is ...
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Why does Parfit judge implausible the impersonal average view?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 171-172.   Although the impersonal average view also solves the nonidentity problem, it too cannot be Theory X, for it faces ...
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Is Buddhism antinatalist?

I was listening to a discussion with David Benatar, and the point that Buddhism seems to be antinatalist was raised. It seems that people argue this both ways. Can Buddhism be said to be antinatalist? ...
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How may there be more people than there could be for very long, if there'll never be more people than there could be? [closed]

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 165-166. I don't understand the semantic distinction between 1 and 2 beneath. OVERPOPULATION At the time this is being ...
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Where does Benatar defend in 'Better Never to Have Been' that (though logically possible) absence of pleasure can't be bad?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 30 Bottom - 31 Top. [...] it strikes me as true that (3) the absence of pain is good, even if that good is not enjoyed ...