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Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children

David Archard and David Benatar


The book offers new and original chapters on the ethics of procreation and parenthood. The introduction provides an overview of the current debates in this area. In his chapter, Tim Bayne evaluates current thinking about the ethics of bringing people into existence. David Benatar argues that the right of reproductive freedom, although important, must be limited. Michael Parker responds to the argument for ‘procreative beneficence’—the view that procreators are duty‐bound to produce children with the best possible quality of life. He argues that we need only aim at producing children that have ... More

Keywords: procreation, parenthood, future possible people, reproductive freedom, procreative beneficence, justice, causal theory, intentional theory, parental duties

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Archard, editor
Lancaster University
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David Benatar, editor
University of Cape Town
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