Applied Ethics - Animals

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  • Created on: 23-02-16 15:20

1. Rosalind Hursthouse (a modern virtue ethicist) believes that

  • There is a natural hierarchy of living things, the function of those lower down (animals) is to serve the needs of those higher up (humans).
  • No animal can be granted higher 'moral status' as there is no familiar set of factors that some animals share and others don't.
  • We must calculate whether an animal's interests and preferences should be included in our utility calculus.
  • The 'moral status' of other animals is an important subject to clarify so that we can determine whether it has rights
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2. For Kant, what is the only source of good?

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

3. Equality of Moral interest must be based on what according to Singer?

  • Strength
  • Sentience
  • Intelligence
  • Suffering

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

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

5. Which is a correct Singer quote?

  • "All lives matter"
  • "Speciesism is the most pressing issue of this century"
  • "In suffering the animals are our equals."
  • "I'm craving a burger"


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