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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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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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What does David Benatar intend to say, in his reply to Susan Neiman's rebuke of pessimism on social progress?

Source: Benatar, D. The Human Predicament (2017 1 edn). p. 206. Footnote 4 on p. 245.   Third, pessimism has sometimes been dismissed as a “macho” attitude. The idea is that the pessimist is saying,...
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Why care whether an injury is bad during the period of brokenness, before the injury?

Source: Benatar. The Human Predicament (2017 1 edn). p. 114 Middle.   These responses are all interesting, and perhaps one of them is correct. However, I want to consider a response that draws on ...