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  • 1. Personhood
  • 2. Rights A right is an interest that a person has thatmust be protectede.g. a right to life
  • 3. RightsOthers in the world must also protect that right It has been argued that aright is only appropriate forcertain beings i.e. a ‘person’
  • 4. A ‘person’ isSomeone who is self-conscious and is aware of themselves as existing over timeSomeone who can engage in a purposeful sequence of acts
  • 5. Someone who has the capacity to appreciate reasons for acting Someone who cancommunicate with other persons using language
  • 6. Someone who has the capacity to make moral judgements Someone who can reason Someone who can understand the requirements of the contract or agreement
  • 7. Someone who has the ability toperceive pain and feel emotion Someone who can be held accountable for their moral actions: know the difference between right and wrong
  • 8. Can animals be said thereforeto be ‘persons’?

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