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The case for adding more and more people to the Earth

If life is good, are we morally obligated to create more of it?

Philosopher Torbjörn Tännsjö says yes.

  • Dylan Matthews
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How many people should there be?

This is the core debate in a whole branch of philosophy known as population ethics.

The debate has two polar extremes.

One extreme, anti-natalism, argues that creating humans at all is…

The other extreme is the view that creating humans is always a good thing — even if that results in a less happy population on average. (Most people are somewhere in between: More moderate philosophers who…

The avidly natalist view is often identified with religious commitment, in Abrahamic faiths…

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