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Better Never to Have BeenThe Harm of Coming into Existence$
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David Benatar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Better Never to Have Been

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This introductory chapter begins by outlining the thesis of the book. It argues, contrary to Sigmund Freud and others, that the claim that it would have been better never to have come into existence is not nonsense. It then describes the pro-natal bias against which the book's anti-natal arguments have to contend. The chapter concludes with an outline of the subsequent chapters and offers a reader's guide.

Keywords:   Sigmund Freud, existence, anti-natalism, pro-natalism

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