Bioethics 33 (6):674-683 (2019)

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Erik Magnusson
University of Manitoba
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In this article I reconsider David Benatar's primary argument for anti‐natalism—the asymmetry argument—and outline a three‐step process for rejecting it. I begin in Part 2 by reconstructing the asymmetry argument into three main premises. I then turn in Parts 3–5 to explain how each of these premises is in fact false. Finally, I conclude in Part 6 by considering the relationship between the asymmetry argument and the quality of life argument in Benatar's overall case for anti‐natalism and argue that it is the latter argument that is actually doing the work. In this sense, the asymmetry argument is not only unsuccessful in generating Benatar's anti‐natalist conclusion, it is also unnecessary as well.
Keywords Anti-natalism  Asymmetry Argument  Quality of Life Argument  Procreative Ethics  David Benatar
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DOI 10.1111/bioe.12582
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