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Better Never to Have Been by David Benatar
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it was ok

A bit egocentric in its presentation--all about "his views"--although maybe that is typical for philosophy. I want to stress that the 1.5/5 rating is not for the topic itself, which I think is fascinating and worth considering, in appropriate settings, but rather for the actual logic. The outright refusal to make harm/benefit trade-offs, even in theory, is just a non-starter for almost anybody who thinks about this issue. Also it got a bit technical and terminology-heavy at times, which at least from my perspective was not necessary.
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message 1: by J (new) - rated it 3 stars

J harm/benefit tradeoffs. How about a more objective tradeoff question: what good in this world makes up for genocide?


Andy McKenzie The possibility of humanity expanding across our future light cone with near-utopian experiences?

(not saying this is likely, but IMO it's plausible and worthy of harm/benefit consideration)


Andy McKenzie (By the way, I think your question is reasonable and it is *not* what Benatar does, from what I recall.)


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