Personhood summary

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Personhood summary

  1. 1. Personhood
  2. 2. Rights A right is an interest that a person has thatmust be protectede.g. a right to life
  3. 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. 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. 5. Someone who has the capacity to appreciate reasons for acting Someone who cancommunicate with other persons using language
  6. 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. 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. 8. Can animals be said thereforeto be ‘persons’?

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