A Virtue of Precaution Regarding the Moral Status of Animals with Uncertain Sentience

We address the moral importance of fish, invertebrates such as crustaceans, snails and insects, and other animals about which there is qualified scientific uncertainty about their sentience. We argue that, on a sentientist basis, one can at least say that how such animals fare make ethically significant claims on our character. It is a requirement of a morally decent (or virtuous) person that she at least pays attention to and is cautious regarding the possibly morally relevant aspects of such animals.

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Die ethische Relevanz von Wildtierleid

Erste Version: Juli 2009; letzte Änderung: 22. April 2016 Übersetzt von Evgueni Kivman Dies ist eine vorläufige Übersetzung des englischen Originals. Eine verbesserte Übersetzung wird in den kommenden Wochen aufgeschaltet. Zusammenfassung Die Anzahl der Wildtiere übersteigt bei weitem die Anzahl der Tiere in Mastanlagen, der Labortiere oder der sogenannten Haustiere. Deshalb sollten Tieraktivisten überlegen, ob […]

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Panmnemism and the Value of Experiential Information

Summary This paper introduces the theory of Panmnemism as a variation of panpsychism. Rather than making claims about spirit or sentience existing in all things, panmnemism references the ability of inanimate objects to store experiential information as memories. Memory, or mneme, is to be understood as the capacity to store information concerning the experiential qualities […]

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