Antinatalism is the philosophical position that asserts a negative
value judgementtowards birth. It has been advanced by figures such as Arthur Schopenhauer, Brother Theodoreand David Benatar.cite book |doi=10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.001.0001 | last = Benatar | first = David | title = Better Never to Have Been | publisher = Oxford University Press, USA | location = | year = 2006 | isbn = 9780199296422 ] Schopenhauer, in his essay "On the Suffering of the World" articulates the position as follows:
Similarly, Benatar argues from the hedonistic premise that the infliction of harm is generally morally wrong and therefore to be avoided, and the intuition that the birth of a new person always entails nontrivial harm to that person, that there exists a
moral imperativenot to procreate.
National Alliance for Optional Parenthood
Nietzschean affirmation, a contrasting stance in favor of life, advocated by Friedrich Nietzschewho was a one-time follower of Schopenhauer.
Natalism, the counterpoint to antinatalism
Population controlin order to decrease population growth.
Voluntary human extinction movement
* Morgan, Philip and Berkowitz King, Rosalind, "Why Have Children in the 21st Century? Biological Predisposition, Social Coercion, Rational Choice", "European Journal of Population" 17: 3–20, 2001
last = Steyn
title = Children? Not if you love the planet
url = http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/child-birth-homeless-1942317-year-percent
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location = Santa Ana, California
date = Friday, December 14, 2007
accessdate = 2008-04-29
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