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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

Social contract One aspect (not the only valid aspect, but the one I'll be covering here) of looking at this is from the social contract angle. In essence, since we live in communities together with ...
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What arguments are there for considering forced sterilization a human rights violation? Rather than not consider it?

Forced sterilisation is mutilation, eugenics is inequality The case is a simple one to make: I own my body By owning my body I have an exclusive right to decide what happens to it; I am the sole ...
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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

You have the situation entirely backwards. It's not that we give humans special privileges but that we don't try to engineer the interactions of animals the same way we try to engineer the ...
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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

IMO your question addresses an important ethical problem. First one can ask: Does human life have indeed innate value over that of other animals? In my opinion, the answer is no. Human life does not ...
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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

Innate or intrinsic value is a kind of value such that when it is possessed by something, it is possessed by it solely in virtue of its innate or intrinsic properties. (Ben Bradley, 'Two Concepts of ...
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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

Religion and philosophy are of course not the same thing, but there is a lot that overlaps, and given that for a lot of people in the world, religion has a profound effect on their personal philosophy,...
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What arguments are there for considering forced sterilization a human rights violation? Rather than not consider it?

First of all it's important to understand that Human Rights are defined by western people who found a common basis in their (our) western beliefs across different (western) religions and ideologies. ...
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What arguments are there for considering forced sterilization a human rights violation? Rather than not consider it?

I would think the most basic argument here is that forced sterilisation is a particular kind of battery - i.e., it involves the forcible damaging of the body, against the will of the victim. So the ...
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What philosophers argued that human rights can be forfeited?

Locke, to whom the doctrine of human rights is often traced, supported the idea that the human rights can be forfeited when a human is "revolting from his own kind to that of Beasts". In other words, ...
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What philosophers argued that human rights can be forfeited?

You posit that the culpable actions of an individual make the individual forfeit her basic rights. You ask what would be the name of the moral principle equivalent to your posit. The harm principle ...
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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

Why does human life have innate value over that of other animals? In my opinion, you just answered your own question. Observe: If you want the why of it answered in a more detailed and analytical ...
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Is "human dignity" sufficient to be a "foundational value"? Why?

I think this question raises genuine difficulties about dignity as a foundational value. The term, 'dignity', is entrenched in moral and political theoretical discourse but is hardly used outside it. ...
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Is the doctrine of modern Human Rights considered to be supreme form of Ethics by modern philosophers?

Here are some observations you might find thought-provoking: There is a material degree of ambiguity in your question. For example, what do you mean by a philosopher? Do you meany anyone who ...
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Is the doctrine of modern Human Rights considered to be supreme form of Ethics by modern philosophers?

Here is the link of the UN-Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. And here is a selection of the members of the Drafting Committee. I cannot recognize that the UN-Declaration or the members of the ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

Providing resources for rebuilding private infrastructure would not be considered a role of government under the Objectivist conception of capitalism. People do not have a “right” to be free from the ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

Sometimes a disaster takes place that will make human life impossible in some particular limited context - Ayn Rand calls this an emergency: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/emergencies.html In ...
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Fanon's 'Concerning Violence' makes the point that Nazism was the culminating point of the project of European Colonialism, how valid is that?

The claim that Nazism was the culmination of European colonialism has its elements of truth and its elements of overly-enthusiastic Marxism, I think. It's a conception of history in the same vein as ...
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If you know something has the potential to be sentient is it unethical to intentionally prevent it from gaining sentience?

Unlike many things, personhood is binary. Is it torture to grate a carrot that you pulled from your garden moments ago? Provided the science fictioney premise that things you make could attain ...
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Does human life have innate value over that of other animals?

First, because humans write the rules we use, and we're not entirely disinterested. It would be awkward to make it illegal to kill other animals in general, but we're generally better off treating ...
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Is it immoral to kill a philosophical zombie?

That depends on what the problem is with killing people: A Deontologist could argue that the zombies have no inherent duty of care, being entirely imaginary entities, and so declare Open Season ...
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Objectiv requirements for human rights/natural rights

Human rights are a political concept that is asserted to be philosophically self-evident by politicians. In normative ethics, there is no general agreement about natural rights and on who should be ...
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Are humans still bipedal if a child is born without legs?

Humans are not defined by "bipedal". Its like you are not defined by "member of philosophy.stackexchange.com". You were still you when you were not member of this site. If you ...
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How do concepts like human rights apply to an Artificial Intelligence agent?

I think we have many bridges to cross before we reach that point, and there would be many nuances- not considered by your question- that would need to be taken into account. However, if it could be ...
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Should all cultures be maintained?

Your question is an interesting one, but perhaps not for the reasons you had in mind when posing it. A culture is a vaguely defined set of behaviours, traditions, values and beliefs associated with ...
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Is the doctrine of modern Human Rights considered to be supreme form of Ethics by modern philosophers?

You may be conflating human rights with secular humanism, which bases ethics on reason and logic, and values humans independent of any religion, supernaturalism, and superstition. We can talk about ...
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Is there a better word than "equity" to describe fairness, equal rights and inclusive positive behaviour towards other people?

The word that you select for this, even if you are a native speaker of English, will reveal your philosophical and political perspective on morality which varies among the speakers of a language. In ...
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What arguments are there for considering forced sterilization a human rights violation? Rather than not consider it?

If we look into any benefits for forceful sterilization, they never apply to the person being sterilized. Benefits (supposedly) apply only to the children not being born and thus minimize their (...
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What is the relation of natural rights to human rights ?

Natural rights encompasses human rights. Humans are, after all, a component of nature. I would add the diagram, but couldn't do it now, as I am having problems attaching the pictures. To get back to ...
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