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The Benefits of Coming into Existence

Krister Bykvist
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 135, No. 3 (Sep., 2007), pp. 335-362
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40208914
Page Count: 28
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The Benefits of Coming into Existence
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Abstract

This paper argues that we can benefit or harm people by creating them, but only in the sense that we can create things that are good or bad for them. What we cannot do is to confer comparative benefits and harms to people by creating them or failing to create them. You are not better off (or worse off) created than you would have been had you not been created, for nothing has value for you if you do not exist, not even neutral value.

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