Applied Ethics - Animals

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  • Created on: 23-02-16 15:20

1. Why does Kant believe that animals are not ends in themselves?

  • Because animals have their own moral laws
  • Because animals cannot speak
  • Because they do not have the capacity for practical reason
  • Because animals do not have desires
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2. Guess the correct Kant quote:

  • Humans can "deal and dispose [of animals] at one's discretion"
  • "Humans that lack reason have no intrinsic value"
  • Humans have "ultimate power" over everything on Earth
  • Treating animals badly because they are animals is "speciesism"

3. For Kant, what is the only source of good?

  • A good will
  • Superior reasoning
  • The consequences of an action
  • A virtuous character

4. Under what conditions would treating animals badly be morally wrong for Kant?

  • If the animals are the subject of a life
  • If the overall suffering of animals outweighs the pleasure this bad treatment creates for humans.
  • If it compromises a person's ability to treat other humans well, and therefore threatens the person's own moral integrity.
  • If animals develop better communication skills so that they can explain their experience of pain.

5. Recent Virtue Ethicists believe that

  • Using animal products is always wrong
  • Not to recognise the importance of animal suffering is to show a lack of compassion
  • Selfishly treating an animal as a meat-growing machine is good
  • Not to recognise the importance of animal suffering is irrelevant to producing a virtuous charcter


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