Title

Reproductive Reasons and Procreative Duty

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Applied Philosophy

ISSN

0738-098X

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

67

74

Publication Date

Spring 2013

Abstract

Debates on procreative liberty usually surround the issue of whether it is permissible to not bring a child into existence. However, some argue that, under certain conditions, there is an obligation to bring a child (or even as many children as possible) into existence. This position, I will call the procreative duty stance, is argued for in two general ways—obligations arising from the extinction of the human species and obligations arising from personal reasons which override the reluctance of a potential parent. It is argued that no version of either of these arguments works to establish a duty to procreate. So, the procreative duty stance is mistaken.