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The Ethics of Having a Child

This week, we pose the question: Is having a child always ethically okay? What sorts of ethical considerations should be involved in making the decision to have a child?

We’ll read three brief articles that take the issue from three different angles, as follows:

  1. “Should This Be the Last Generation” by Peter Singer – This article asks the question “Is it ethical to have children?” and takes the answer to an extreme but interesting place.
  2. “Think Before You Breed” by Christine Overall – Goes a little further with the original question of whether having children is an ethical choice.
  3. “If Babies Were Randomly Allocated to Families, Would Racism End?” by Marvin Frankel and Howard Rachlin – Interesting thought experiment about “social mixing.”

Remember to bring a three dollar donation for the Setauket Community House.

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