On Moral Considerability

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 ecologists champion.show more

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  • Hardback | 199 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 21.6mm | 562.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195123913
  • 9780195123913

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A thoughtful book. The bulk of the first part of 'On Moral Considerability' is made up of arguments against the desire theory and perfectionism. These arguments are always cogent, and, in my opinion, in many cases compelling. - Mark Rowlands - TLS 16th July 1999show more

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 ; Notesshow more

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