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PART 2 Creating People


1. Whether Causing Someone to Exist Can Benefit This Person by Parfit

Whether causing someone to come into being can benefit? If we believe it can, it can be defensible.不过,需要先指出的是:

We are not claiming that starting to exist can be either good or bad for people when it does not happen. Our claiming is about that starting to exist when it happens.

接下来,我们可以进行如下辩护:1) we need not to claim that it is bad for possible people if they never become actual. 2) if it benefited me to have had my life saved just after it started, I am not forced to deny that it benefited me to have had it started. 3) causing someoen to exist is a special case.

2. Why Not Let Life Become Extinct? by John Leslie

我们可以找出很多理由来说明人类灭绝的好处——但是我们不应该接受这些观点;反之,我们要相信,Lifes are ethically required——当然,这并不意味着你不能当一个丁克,因为谁也不知道未来人的幸福生活该如何裁量。

3.On Becoming Extinct by James Lenman


Such intermediate narrative structures, like the structures of family life, lift the moral horizons of the agent beyond her own life in ways that may give that life greater depth. They differ from the total narrative of human history in habing a natural terminus and hence a natural shape. They give no special reason, impersonally speaking, to favor human life ending at any one time rather than another, for the members of any generation will find themselves bound up in some such set of narratives.


4. Why It is Better Never to Come into Existence? by David Benatar


It might be said that just as one cannot be mistaken about whether one is in pain, one cannot be mistaken about whether one is glad to have been born. Thus if "I am glad to have been born," a proposition to which many people would seent, is equiavlent to "It is better that I came into existence", then one cannot be mistaken about whether existence is better than non-existence. The problem with this line of reasoning is that these two propositions are not equivalent.


由此,D认为人类最好灭绝,孩子最好别生——it is morally unacceptable, although it is morally desirable.

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