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Procreative Ethics and the Problem of Evil

By Jason Marsh

Abstract

Many people think that the amount of evil and suffering we observe provides important and perhaps decisive evidence against the claim that a loving God created our world. Yet almost nobody worries about the ethics of human procreation. Can these attitudes be consistently maintained? This chapter argues that the most obvious attempts to justify a positive answer fail. The upshot is not that procreation is impermissible, but rather that we should either revise our beliefs about the severity of global arguments from evil or develop new and better defenses of human procreation. Although both possibilities are worthy of pursuit, this chapter focuses on the latter possibilit

Topics: Philosophy
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.003.0003
OAI identifier: oai:philpapers.org/rec/MARPEA-14
Provided by: PhilPapers
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