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Lecture 2

PHIL 1320 Lecture 2: PHILOSOPHY 9.7.17

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Philosophy PHIL 1320
Jonathan Surovell

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Who are we to deny said human being’s opportunity to live a life in which they can make
their own happiness; it is our duty to make the world as happy as can be, therefore we
should procreate as much as possible
Pragmatically speaking, whether we allow them life in order to find happiness, there still
comes the risk that their lives may be inflicted with unanticipated pain even if we do not
intend for them to hurt. Thus, we should not procreate.
“In order to receive the gift of happiness, one must receive the gift of life.”
Tannsjo’s argument: “We have a moral duty to maximize the amount of happiness in the
world.”; “We all have an obligation to make the world as populated as can be.”; “Most
people live lives that are, on net, happy.”
Refutation: having kids actually makes people less happy, psychology states;
Actualist objection: we don’t need to worry about the interests of hypothetical beings;
there is no one to be denied happiness; we should only be concerned with the wellbeing
of actual people
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