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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 1B03
Professor
Stefan Rodde
Semester
Winter

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Animal Rights? – February 6, 2013 - What is the basis for our ethical obligations towards animals? - How far do these obligations extend? Singer - The interests of animals are entitles to equal consideration to the interests of humans Singer’s Two-Part Argument - Being entitled to equal consideration of interests is not based on factual equality - Being entitled to equal consideration of interests is based on capacity for suffering - These two points support the idea that the interests of animals should be treated equally to those of humans Steinbock - It is wrong to be cruel to animals - But if there is an end, which is “very good” for humans can only be accomplished through pain and suffering of animal, it is justified Steinbock’s rejection of Signer - Some factual differences between humans and animals are relevant to whether animals should be treated equally to humans - The mere capacity to suffer is not sufficient for equality of treatment What’s so Special about Humans? - What capacity do human
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