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Controversial Ideas 2024, 4(1), 7; doi: 10.35995/jci04010007

A Response to McMahan

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Received: 24 Apr 2024 / Revised: 25 Apr 2024 / Accepted: 25 Apr 2024 / Published: 29 Apr 2024
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In ‘Anti-Natalism and the Asymmetry’ I argue that the claim, starting good lives is permitted but not required, ultimately proves untenable. The inevitable bad parts of a life give reasons against starting, but the good parts give no reasons for. So don’t start, and if started, end. Jeff McMahan thinks this good/bad asymmetry is way too radical, and finds much to fault with my argument. Unsurprisingly I agree with some but not all of what he has to say. We agree, for example, that the concerns of persons to live on generally far outstrip those of babies and animals. We disagree about there being always some reason to start good lives.
Keywords: Anti-Natalism; the Asymmetry; persons; animals; desires; TRIA
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Belshaw, Christopher. 2024. "A Response to McMahan." Controversial_Ideas 4, no. 1: 7.
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