On Moral Considerability: An Essay on Who Morally Matters

Hardcover | November 1, 1998

byMark H. Bernstein

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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 isnecessary 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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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 isnecessary and sufficient for moral standing....

Mark H. Bernstein is at University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.09 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195123913

ISBN - 13:9780195123913

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: Theories of Welfare1. Experientialism2. The Desire Theory3. PerfectionismPart 2: Animal Matters4. Animal Patienthood5. Contractualism and AnimalsConclusionReferencesNotes

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"Bernstein's overall manner of argument, his deployment of resources developed in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and a noteworthy readability make this a useful book."--The Philosophical Review