Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 43
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Bontly, Thomas D. 2016. Causes, contrasts, and the non-identity problem. Philosophical Studies, Vol. 173, Issue. 5, p. 1233.

    Brown, Jeffrey M. 2016. Is Disability a Neutral Condition?. Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 47, Issue. 2, p. 188.

    Cowden, Mhairi 2016. Children’s Rights.

    Gardner, Molly 2016. Beneficence and procreation. Philosophical Studies, Vol. 173, Issue. 2, p. 321.

    Purves, Duncan 2016. Accounting for the Harm of Death. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 97, Issue. 1, p. 89.

    Rulli, Tina 2016. The Ethics of Procreation and Adoption. Philosophy Compass, Vol. 11, Issue. 6, p. 305.

    Zhang, Di Ng, Vincent H. Wang, Zhaochen Zhai, Xiaomei and Lie, Reidar K. 2016. Eugenics and Mandatory Informed Prenatal Genetic Testing: A Unique Perspective from China. Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 16, Issue. 2, p. 107.

    Feit, Neil 2015. Plural Harm. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 90, Issue. 2, p. 361.

    Hanna, Nathan 2015. Harm: Omission, Preemption, Freedom. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, p. n/a.

    Sreekumar, Sandeep 2015. Some Conceptual Aspects of Temporality and the Ability to Possess Rights. Ratio Juris, Vol. 28, Issue. 3, p. 330.

    Tomlin, Patrick 2015. Should Kids Pay Their Own Way?. Political Studies, Vol. 63, Issue. 3, p. 663.

    Flanigan, Jessica 2014. A Defense of Compulsory Vaccination. HEC Forum, Vol. 26, Issue. 1, p. 5.

    Liberto, Hallie 2014. The exploitation solution to the Non-Identity Problem. Philosophical Studies, Vol. 167, Issue. 1, p. 73.

    Marsh, Jason 2014. Quality of Life Assessments, Cognitive Reliability, and Procreative Responsibility. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 89, Issue. 2, p. 436.

    Rachels, Stuart 2014. The Immorality of Having Children. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 17, Issue. 3, p. 567.

    Setiya, Kieran 2014. THE ETHICS OF EXISTENCE. Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 28, Issue. 1, p. 291.

    WEINBERG, JUSTIN 2014. Non-Identity Matters, Sometimes. Utilitas, Vol. 26, Issue. 01, p. 23.

    Bayne, Tim 2013. International Encyclopedia of Ethics.

    Benatar, David 2013. Still Better Never to Have Been: A Reply to (More of) My Critics. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 17, Issue. 1-2, p. 121.

    Bradley, Ben 2013. Asymmetries in Benefiting, Harming and Creating. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 17, Issue. 1-2, p. 37.



  • Seana Valentine Shiffrin (a1)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 June 1999

A wrongful life suit is an unusual civil suit brought by a child (typically a congenitally disabled child)1 who seeks damages for burdens he suffers that result from his creation. Typically, the child charges that he has been born into an unwanted or miserable life.2 These suits offer the prospect of financial relief for some disabled or neglected children and have some theoretical advantages over alternative causes of action.3 But they have had only mixed, mostly negative, success.4 They have, however, spurred considerable philosophical interest.5 This attention, though, has been primarily focused on issues about the coherence of complaining about one’s existence or its essential conditions. These suits also raise important, but less well-probed, philosophical questions about the morality of procreation and, more generally, about the moral significance of imposed, but not consented to, conditions that deliver both significant harms and benefits.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Legal Theory
  • ISSN: 1352-3252
  • EISSN: 1469-8048
  • URL: /core/journals/legal-theory
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *