On Moral Considerability: An Essay on Who Morally Matters

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In this fresh and powerfully argued book, Mark Bernstein identifies the qualities that make an entity deserving of moral consideration. It is frequently assumed that only (normal) human beings count. Bernstein argues instead for "experientialism"—the view that having conscious experiences is necessary and sufficient for moral standing. He demonstrates that this position requires us to include many non-human animals in our moral realm, but not to the extent that many deep ...

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Overview

In this fresh and powerfully argued book, Mark Bernstein identifies the qualities that make an entity deserving of moral consideration. It is frequently assumed that only (normal) human beings count. Bernstein argues instead for "experientialism"—the view that having conscious experiences is necessary and sufficient for moral standing. He demonstrates that this position requires us to include many non-human animals in our moral realm, but not to the extent that many deep ecologists champion.

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"The subject of Mark Bernstein's thoughtful book is what makes something morally considerable....[The] arguments are always cogent, and, in my opinion, in many cases compelling....[an] excellent book."—Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195123913
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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University of Texas, San Antonio
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Theories of Welfare
1. Experientialism
2. The Desire Theory
3. Perfectionism
Part 2: Animal Matters
4. Animal Patienthood
5. Contractualism and Animals
Conclusion
References
Notes

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