The Resource On moral considerability : an essay on who morally matters, Mark H. Bernstein

On moral considerability : an essay on who morally matters, Mark H. Bernstein

Label
On moral considerability : an essay on who morally matters
Title
On moral considerability
Title remainder
an essay on who morally matters
Statement of responsibility
Mark H. Bernstein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this original study, Mark Bernstein ventures into a neglected area of ethics, the question of moral enfranchisement, to identify the qualities that make an entity deserving of moral consideration. In the first part of the book he undertakes a detailed analysis of three influential accounts of moral considerability, offering novel arguments to counter two popular theories in defense of a currently unfashionable theory of welfare. He develops a qualified mental-state account he dubs "experientialism" (the view that having conscious experiences is necessary and sufficient for moral standing), and contends that experientialism is superior to both "the desire theory" and "perfectionism." In the second part of On Moral Considerability, Bernstein explores the political implications of accepting the experientialist view. Contrary to common philosophical thought, he maintains that this position requires us to enlarge our moral sphere to include non-human animals. And, surprisingly, he finds that were one to accept either the desire theory or perfectionism, these animals still ought to be included in the moral realm. Yet he does not seek to expand the moral realm to the extent that deep ecologists champion. This contentious look at "who morally matters," introduces vital new arguments into the fields it touches. Its intimate connection between theory and practice will appeal to philosophers of ethics, applied ethics, and animal ethics. And those readers interested in animal rights will be engaged by its discussion of human obligations toward animals
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
179/.1
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1012
LC item number
.B47 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
On moral considerability : an essay on who morally matters, Mark H. Bernstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-184) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Experientialism -- The desire theory -- Perfectionism -- Animal patienthood -- Contractualism and animals
Control code
ocm45728053
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (189 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585257228
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b35929169
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45728053
  • ebscoaca0585257221

Library Locations

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