David Benatar - Kalynn Smith Philosophy of Law January 11,...

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Kalynn Smith Philosophy of Law January 11, 2008 Response to David Benatar David Benatar takes an innovative approach to what is essentially a pro-abortion/ pro-contraceptive stance on reproduction. Benatar believes that overpopulation as a result of the unrestricted freedom to reproduce creates most of the world’s poverty, suffering, and environmental strain. He agues for limiting reproductive rights as a means to limit reproduction. In limiting reproductive freedom, Benatar aims to limit the harmful effects of overpopulation. To prove that, in certain cases, it is harmful to reproduce, Benatar establishes his definition of harm in his response to the non-identity argument. The non-identity argument defines harming an individual as making that individual “worse off” as a result of an action. Because the definition of harm in the non-identity argument is a comparison between two states of being , it concludes that an individual must exist in order to be harmed. Benatar responds to this claim by embracing its assertion that one must exist in
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course PHIL 4820-005 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '08 term at Georgia State.

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David Benatar - Kalynn Smith Philosophy of Law January 11,...

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