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The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible

Rivka Weinberg


This book is an argument for giving procreating moral consideration, and a theory of how, when, and why procreation may be permissible. It begins with an analysis of the kind of act procreativity is and an argument for why we might be justifiably motivated to engage in it. It then argues that because we own and control the hazardous material that is our gametes, we are responsible for the risks we take with them, that is, for the persons that develop when we engage in activity that allows our gametes to unite with others and develop into persons. The book further argues that when done respectf ... More

Keywords: procreation, non-identity, children, gamete donation, gamete, contractualist principles, procreative permissibility, human flourishing, parents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190243708
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rivka Weinberg, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Scripps College