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A Cognitive Ethologist from Mars

Mark Rowlands

in Can Animals Be Moral?

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199842001
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842001.003.0010
A Cognitive Ethologist from Mars

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This final chapter examines the practical significance of the claim that animals are capable of acting for moral reasons. It is argued that the claim underwrites a certain kind of respect that animals are due This is distinct from praise—of the sort that might be due a moral agent. But it is also distinct from admiration of the sort appropriate to the products of agency (e.g., works of art, morally good actions). The content of this kind of respect is (roughly) identified.

Keywords: respect; admiration; praise; ethologist; practical significance

Chapter.  4106 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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