Critics - Critics [edit]Carl Cohen Carl Cohen: animals...

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Critics [ edit ] Carl Cohen Carl Cohen : animals cannot distinguish their interests from what is right. [110] Critics such as Carl Cohen , professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Medical School, oppose the granting of personhood to animals, arguing that rights holders must be able to distinguish between their own interests and what is right. "The holders of rights must have the capacity to comprehend rules of duty governing all, including themselves. In applying such rules, [they] . .. must recognize possible conflicts between what is in their own interest and what is just. Only in a community of beings capable of self- restricting moral judgments can the concept of a right be correctly invoked." Cohen rejects Singer's argument that, since a brain-damaged human could
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not make moral judgments, moral judgments cannot be used as the distinguishing characteristic for determining who is awarded rights. Cohen writes that the test for moral judgment "is not a test to be
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Critics - Critics [edit]Carl Cohen Carl Cohen: animals...

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