Originally posted on Portuguese Pundit:
When we analyze an ethical theory, we ought to bear in mind the following:
1/ the ethical theory’s consistency or internal coherence;
2/ the consistency or internal coherence of that specific ethical theory when seen in relation to other conceptions of the theory’s author (in this case, Peter Singer);
3/ the reaction of our own ethical feelings regarding that ethical theory, or the relation between the ethical theory and the common-sense sentiments.
If, in point 1 and 2, the conclusion is negative, the ethical theory is not valid, as surely there is an intellectual error. But if the conclusion it is negative only in point 3, we cannot say that the author committed an error, but only say that we simply do not agree with him.
Now, let’s see.
Peter Singer bases his ethical theory in the opposition to the concept of “Speciesism” (see http://goo.gl/ggYDU ).
In this context, Speciesism…
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