Family History

  • J David Velleman


I argue that meaning in life is importantly influenced by biological ties. More specifically, I maintain that knowing one's relatives and especially one's parents provides a kind of self-knowledge that is of irreplaceable value in the life-task of identity formation. These claims lead me to the conclusion that it is immoral to create children with the intention that they be alienated from their biological relatives -- for example, by donor conception.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 0556-8641