Emeritus Professor David Benatar


BSocSc(HonsPhD Cape Town

Director, Bioethics Centre

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

University Committees:


Office: 3.03 Humanities Building

Current courses:

Away on sabbatical from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.



 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



Praštanje (Forgiveness)
 (Croatian translation by Filip Grgić)

Publisher: Institute za filozofiju, Zagreb, Croatia
 Publication Date: 2020

Conversations about the Meaning of Life 
(Co-authors: Thaddeus Metz, Jason Werbeloff, Mark Oppenheimer)

Publisher: Obsidian Worlds Publishing
Publication Date: 2021

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