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Sentientist PoliticsA Theory of Global Inter-Species Justice$
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Alasdair Cochrane

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198789802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198789802.001.0001

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Equality, Rights, and Sentientist Politics

Equality, Rights, and Sentientist Politics

(p.14) 2 Equality, Rights, and Sentientist Politics
Sentientist Politics

Alasdair Cochrane

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 defends the claim that each sentient individual possesses an ultimate and equal intrinsic moral worth. It then argues that in light of that worth, all sentient creatures possess a set of fundamental rights which impose duties on moral agents. The final claim of the chapter is that one of the duties which moral agents have is to create and maintain a political order dedicated to the protection of the worth and rights of all sentient creatures. In other words, this chapter claims that ‘sentient equality’ and ‘sentient rights’ provide the justification for political institutions, and serve to shape and constrain their design.

Keywords:   sentience, consciousness, interests, rights, moral worth, equality, justice, duties

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