Procreation, population and permissibility
thesisposted on 01.03.2017 by Tilsley, Sarah
In order to distinguish essays and pre-prints from academic theses, we have a separate category. These are often much longer text based documents than a paper.
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.