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David Benatar


BSocSc(HonsPhD Cape Town

Professor and Head of Department
Director, Bioethics Centre

Areas of interest: moral and social philosophy, applied ethics, some philosophy of law and philosophy of religion.

Office: 3.03
Email: Please contact Ms. Gubb.

Current courses:

PHI4022S / PHI5008S: Moral Philosophy
PHI2037F Applied Ethics

University Committees:
Dean's Advisory Committee
University Student Disciplinary Tribunal Advisory Committee



 Better Never to Have Been 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2006


 The Second Sexism 
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2012


  Debating Procreation 
 (Co-author: David Wasserman)
 Publisher: Oxford University Press
 Publication Date: 2015


  The Human Predicament 
 Publisher: Oxford University Press
 Publication Date: 2017



Edited books:


Ethics for Everyday
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publication Date: 2002


 Life, Death and Meaning 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Publication Date: 2004; Second Edition 2010; Third Edition 2016


 Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Publication Date: 2006



Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children  
(Co-edited with David Archard)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2010