AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

Procreation, population and permissibility

by Sarah Tilsley

Institution: Monash University
Department: Department of Philosophy
Year: 2015
Keywords: Future population X; Procreation; Population
Record ID: 1044115
Full text PDF: http://arrow.monash.edu.au/hdl/1959.1/1156929


In this thesis I examine the permissibility of bringing a child into being from a person-affecting position. I argue that as long as a future person's life is somewhat worth living, and that their lifetime wellbeing has been maximised, they will not be wronged by being brought into existence. I further argue that it is permissible to bring about future population X, as long as those living with X have lives that are somewhat worth living. Finally I argue that in addition to the permissibility of procreation, becoming a parent creates many goods for the potential parent.