Practical Philosophy Seminar: Joona Räsänen

"Should vegans have children? Examining the links between animal ethics and antinatalism"

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Joona Räsänen, PhD Research Fellow, UiO

Vegans and vegetarians believe it is seriously immoral to bring animals into existence who live miserable lives. In this paper, I will discuss whether such a belief also leads to the conclusion that it is seriously immoral to bring human beings into existence. I will argue that vegans should abstain from having children since they believe unnecessary suffering should be avoided. After all, humans will suffer in life and having children is not necessary for a good life. So vegans, and probably vegetarians as well, should not have children. I will consider several objections against this controversial claim and show why the objections are not entirely convincing.
Published May 25, 2021 12:14 PM - Last modified June 28, 2022 11:31 AM