Extinction of the Humanity: Troublesome or Not? This paper will analyze two papers, Lenman’s (2002) “On Becoming Extinct” and Benatar’s (1997) “Why It is Better Never to Come into Existence”, that argue that the extinction of the human race is not a bad or troublesome event. The analysis will exclusively focus on arguments from the two papers relevant to the extinction of humanity. The paper will further proceed to make a case that indeed the extinction of humanity is not a troublesome event. Lenman’s (2002) main thesis is that it makes no difference if the human race is going to be extinct sooner or later (137). In other words. he argues against the commonly held opinion that a later demise of our race is better. He starts his argument by...The end:
..... due to humanity’s existence. Is humanity’s non-existence than better than its existence not only for humanity’s own sake but for the sake of this planet and other species? References: Benatar , David (1997). “Why is it Better Never to Come into Existence.” American Philosophical Quarterly 34, 345-355. Reproduced in David Benatar , ed. (2010). Life, Death & Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 157-171. Lenman , James (2002). “On Becoming Extinct.” Pacific Philosophical Qaurterly 83, 253-269. Reproduced in David Benatar , ed. (2010). Life, Death & Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 137-155.