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SENTIENCE AND THE MORAL COMMUNITY I

What Sommers likes about the empirical approach of Hume, which is based on feeling, is that “cruelty or brutality to any sentient being is the very paradigm of indecent, inadmissable behavior.”

Sommers: “According to Kant, animals are not in the domain of moral patients and we have no direct duty to be kind to them.  We do have an indirect duty to refrain from acts of cruelty to animals because such behavior could corrupt our character, and this could affect the way we behave to rational beings to whom we do owe respect.”

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