THE ETHICS OF EXISTENCE
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The doctor brings disturbing news: you have a condition that will affect any child you conceive in the next two months. The effect of the condition is that the child will suffer a serious, incurable disability. It is the kind of disability people live through without regretting their existence: they regard themselves as having good and happy lives. But they experience hardships, due to their disability, that they would rather not have faced. There is no urgent reason for you to have a child now, rather than later, and your decision will not affect the number of children you eventually have. What should you do?
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Setiya, Kieran. “THE ETHICS OF EXISTENCE.” Philosophical Perspectives 28, 1 (December 2014): 291–301 © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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