David Benatar کا پیش کردہ مشہور موازنہ اور اس کا فلسفیانہ جواب

A famous asymmetry presented by David Benatar and its philosophical response


  • Farhad Ali HITEC University, Taxila
  • Rukhsar Iqbal
  • Dr Rashid Munir Assistant Professor, University of engineering and Technology Ksk Campus, Lahore.


Anti-Natalism, Existence, Harm, Procreation, Asymmetry


From the study of Qur'an and Hadith, it is evident that the desire to have children is a natural thing. The arguments of the Qur'an and Hadith witnesses that after having children, it is also part of human nature to treat children with love and compassion. It is a matter of observation that a person is happy to have children and considers the non-availability of this blessing a deprivation for him. Due to this natural love of children, all mankind, regardless of color, race, region, and religion, has  agreed on the acquisition of children for centuries and has continued the chain of the human race through the sacred bond of marriage. But in this age, some philosophical ideas have come up on the basis of which humanity has demanded to stop producing more children. This idea is called Anti- Natalism or anti-birth theory. The current leader of this theory is David Benatar, a thinker, philosopher and writer. David Benatar is best known for his book on Anti-natalism, Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence. In this book, David Benatar claims that coming into existence is always harmful, so having more children is morally wrong. David Benatar has given several arguments to support his theory. One of the main arguments is the asymmetry presented in the advantages and disadvantages of life and death, on the basis of which David Benatar says that non-existence is better than existence. This asymmetry presented by David Benatar is the main topic of our research. Our research concludes that this asymmetry fails to favor non-existence against existence as the cases on which this asymmetry is based are invalid.