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Species Equality and the Foundations of Moral Theory

JAMES C. ANDERSON
Environmental Values
Vol. 2, No. 4 (WINTER 1993), pp. 347-365
Published by: White Horse Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30301362
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The paper discusses various concepts of 'species equality' and 'species superiority' and the assumptions concerning intrinsic value on which they depend. I investigate what philosophers from the traditional deontological (Taylor and Lombardi) and utilitarian (Singer and Attfield) perspectives have meant by their claims for species equality. I attempt to provide a framework of intrinsic values that justifies one sense in which members of a species can be said to be superior to members of another species.

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