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THE IMMORALITY OF PROCREATION

  • Jimmy Alfonso Licon
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Many people hold that procreation is morally obligatory; one ought to bring children into existence because they benefit by being brought into existence. Often this line of thinking stems from the notion that procreation is intrinsically valuable; procreation should be pursued for its own sake. Other philosophers hold procreation is immoral because of the great harm it causes as a result of climate change, overpopulation, mental illness, and so forth. If current population growth continues, there will be an ever-shrinking supply of fresh water and food, leading to the suffering of future generations.

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1 Harrison, Gerald and Tanner, Julia. 2011. ‘Better Not to Have Children’. Think 10 (27): 113121.

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  • ISSN: 1477-1756
  • EISSN: 1755-1196
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