Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Lara K O'Connor
In this thesis I have examined Anti-Natalism, specifically arguments by David Benatar, which conclude that human procreation is under all circumstances wrong, and Seana Shiffrin, which concludes that procreation is a “moral hard case.” I provide objections and responses to each argument of my own, as well as those from Saul Smilansky, Rivka Weinberg, and David Wasserman. I also examine the manner in which female unemployment rates (as well as aggregate female and male) unemployment rates in a year between 2005 and 2014 impact fertility rates in the following year (from 2006-2015).
O'Connor, Lara, "Imposing Existence: Moral Implications & Economic Deterrents" (2017). Scripps Senior Theses. 1025.
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