, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 1613–1620 | Cite as

The Burdens of Life

  • Mark WellsEmail author


In this paper, I make the case for risks and burdens of morality and meaning. Recognizing such risks and burdens would require many of us to expand how we think about the imposition of risks and burdens. As I take it, if such an expansion helps us make more sense of relevant cases and helps us clarify or resolve debates for which risks and burdens are relevant, then it is well-motivated. Accordingly, I will demonstrate the relevance of my proposed expansion to recent philosophical discussion on the ethics of procreation and provide a series of cases which my proposed expansion makes more sense of than an unexpanded account of risks and burdens and. Moreover, if adopted, I expect an expanded notion of risks and burdens will have implications far beyond procreative ethics.


Risk Burden Morality Meaning Prudence Well-being Procreation 



I would like to thank David Faraci, Katia Vavova, James Harold, Nina Emery, Samuel Mitchell, Laura Sizer, and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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