Animal Rights

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School
Western University
Department
Philosophy
Course
Philosophy 1305F/G
Professor
Dean Proessel
Semester
Winter

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Philosophy February 25, 2013- Animal Rights Equal consideration of interests | Can they suffer?  Deontological perspective: animals don’t have rights  Cohen finds Singers argument shitty  Bentham- not reason that matters, but whether one can suffer or not o Singer develops this o Having an interest predisposes suffering; p 588, “the capacity for suffering and enjoying things is a prerequisite for having feelings at all…”  Sentience matters- ability to suffer and an interest to not suffer  We privilege the interests of humans over non-humans for reasons that are simply arbitrary Case of the mentally challenged child: p 589  Cannot reason  Better test subject?
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