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J David Velleman

Abstract


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.



http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/05568640509485163
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