Sentience and moral standing

Van Bogaert L.-J. (2004)


This article deals with the concept of sentience, and more specifically with the argument from sentience as it is used by utilitarians in the abortion debate and in the advocacy of animal rights. It is argued that sentience is more than feeling pleasure and pain (with emphasis on pain), and that pain is an inborn protection required to fit into the world rather than the substance of evil.

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