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The moral obligation to create children with the best chance of the best life

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According to what we call the Principle of Procreative Beneficence (PB), couples who decide to have a child have a significant moral reason to select the child who, given his or her genetic endowment, can be expected to enjoy the most well-being. In the first part of this paper, we introduce PB, explain its content, grounds, and implications, and defend it against various objections. In the second part, we argue that PB is superior to competing principles of procreative selection such as that...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Bioethics Journal website
Volume:
23
Issue:
5
Pages:
274-290
Publication date:
2009-06-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1467-8519
ISSN:
0269-9702
URN:
uuid:a9f614a0-017a-42ca-86dd-8aa50185ac32
Local pid:
ora:3349

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