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Anti-Natalism: Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar

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The last few decades seem to have begun what has been called 'the childless revolution'. In developed countries, increasingly people are choosing not to have children. The causes of this 'revolution' are many including the belief that to create a new life is to subject someone unnecessarily, and without their consent, to life's many sufferings including death. This belief ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by First Edition Design Publishing (first published March 23rd 2014)
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Douglas Brown
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book!

If you have open mind, this is a very rewarding and stimulating book. Even though a complex book, it is not hard to read since Coates is a very good writer. Highly recommended!
Nirupam Joshi
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview on the subject. Author has thorough understanding of religious concepts of Hinduism and Buddhism. If you are a lazy reader, read only chapter 6 to understand the important points.
Sam
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very well-written and interesting history of rejectionist (life-rejecting) thought in religion, philosophy, and literature. The author focuses on Hinduism and Buddhism in the religious context; Schopenhauer, Hartmann, Zapffe, and Benatar in the philosophical context; and Beckett and Sartre in the literary context.

I do have a couple of criticisms of the book, however. Firstly, the editing is actually awful. I don't know who the editor was, but there were constant formatting issues, with extra
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Kagan2017
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is sort of an academic analysis of the Rejectionist viewpoints in philosophy,religion,art.
I think it hits the mark and is accurate mostly.

It does not offer any solutions to the problem of existence of current living people,but focuses on anti-natalism.It does not view suicide as an answer to existence.
It tries to establish Rejectionism as a legitimate existential viewpoint and also practical lifestyle on secular universal terms.

My main problem with the ideas in the book:how can someone fully
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Andrea
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book makes such a compelling argument for anti-natalism that a rational person cannot read it and then advocate for existence. It examines how religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism feature the constant search for an escape from life. Much of the book comes from the philosophy of Schopenhauer. His quotes will resonate with anyone who has questioned his or her existence or the purpose of life. It also explores the ideas of modern philosphers such as Benatar. Although the term "anti-natalism ...more
Christopher
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A great start to a project but I feel that some sections, especially the literature section, could have been much more expansive considering what is out there.
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