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Published: 23 August 2012

336 Pages


ISBN: 9780199758784

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Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition

Situating Animals in Hare's Two Level Utilitarianism

Gary E. Varner

  • The book presents a new philosophical defense of Hare's two-level utilitarianism and its metaethical foundation (universal prescriptivism), and it significantly expands Hare's account of how "intuitive level rules" function in moral thinking, based on recent empirical research.
  • The book also draws heavily on empirical research on consciousness and cognition in non-human animals as a way of approaching the question of which animals, if any, are "persons," or at least "near-persons."
  • And it suggests that, insofar as Singer accepts Hare's 2-level utilitarianism (as he has said in various publications), he should not endorse the sweepingly abolitionist conclusions that he advocates regarding various uses of non-human animals.

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