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The Resource Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence, David Benatar

Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence, David Benatar

Label
Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence
Title
Better never to have been
Title remainder
the harm of coming into existence
Statement of responsibility
David Benatar
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Most people believe that they were either benefitted or at least not harmed by being brought into existence. Thus, if they ever do reflect on whether they should bring others into existence - rather than having children without even thinking about whether they should - they presume that they do them no harm. Better Never to Have Been challenges these assumptions. David Benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm. Although the good things in one's life make one's life go better than it otherwise would have gone, one could not have been deprived by their absence if one had not existed. Those who never exist cannot be deprived. However, by coming into existence one does suffer quite serious harms that could not have befallen on had one not come into existence. Drawing on the relevant psychological literature, the author shows that there are a number of well-documented features of human psychology that explain why people systematically overestimate the quality of their lives and why they are thus resistant to the suggestion that they were seriously harmed by being brought into existence."--Jacket
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Benatar, David
Dewey number
128
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BD431
LC item number
.B3919 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life
  • Human reproduction
  • Human reproduction
  • Life
Label
Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence, David Benatar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-233) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why coming into existence is always a harm -- How bad is coming into existence? -- Having children: the anti-natal view -- Abortion: the 'pro-death' view -- Population and extinction
Control code
ocm70881677
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xi, 237 pages
Isbn
9780199549269
Lccn
2006299658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)70881677
Label
Better never to have been : the harm of coming into existence, David Benatar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-233) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why coming into existence is always a harm -- How bad is coming into existence? -- Having children: the anti-natal view -- Abortion: the 'pro-death' view -- Population and extinction
Control code
ocm70881677
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xi, 237 pages
Isbn
9780199549269
Lccn
2006299658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)70881677

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