Monday, May 02, 2011

No life is good

To say that some lives are better or worse than others – or that a life is better or worse than it might otherwise have been – is obviously to make a comparative claim. It says nothing about whether any lives are good enough to count as good lives or bad enough to count as bad ones. Most people, however, do make the further claim that there are both good and bad lives. In contrast to the widespread idea that some people have good lives and others bad, I think that while some lives are better than others, no lives are good enough to count as (non-comparatively) good.

by David Benatar (

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