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Against Absolute Goodness$
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Richard Kraut

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844463.001.0001

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Against Absolute Goodness

Richard Kraut

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This chapter examines the ethics of creating rather than destroying life. When a man and woman are thinking of having a child, they should consider not only what is good for them, or what is good for the child, or what is good for anyone, but also what is good (period). They must include this value in their deliberations, if there is such a reason-giving property. And if absolute goodness provides reasons of more than negligible weight, then its production can be expected to compensate for the creation of much that has negative value—including the pain and suffering of the children they bring into the world.

Keywords:   life, ethics, absolute goodness, creating, destroying

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