He argues that every living organism has interests

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Unformatted text preview: l policy. Beginning from the view that all and only entities with interests have moral standing, Varner defends a biocentric individualistic stance with affinities to both animal rights and anthropocentric views. He argues that every living organism has interests which ought, other things being equal, to be protected, but that some interests take priority over others. In particular, he defends sentientist principle giving priority to the lives of animals with conscious desires and an anthropocentric principle giving priority to certain very inclusive interests which only humans have. He then shows that these principles are not only consistent with, but provide significant support for, the goals of the environmental agenda. Along the way, Varner surveys problems facing attempts to develop a holistic environmental ethic, provides a careful analysis of the notion of desire and its scope in the animal kingdom, and improves upon available arguments for the claim that nonconscious organism possess morally significant interes...
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2010 for the course BOUIZAN 352140 taught by Professor Scroeba during the Spring '10 term at Acton School of Business.

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