Future Generations

Richard Kraut

in Against Absolute Goodness

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844463
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919550 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Moral Theory

Future Generations

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This chapter examines the ethics of creating rather than destroying life. When a man and woman are thinking of having a child, they should consider not only what is good for them, or what is good for the child, or what is good for anyone, but also what is good (period). They must include this value in their deliberations, if there is such a reason-giving property. And if absolute goodness provides reasons of more than negligible weight, then its production can be expected to compensate for the creation of much that has negative value—including the pain and suffering of the children they bring into the world.

Keywords: life; ethics; absolute goodness; creating; destroying

Chapter.  2197 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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