Speciesism and Acceptable Lives


Frick, Johann, and Adam Lerner. “Speciesism and Acceptable Lives”. (Working Papers). Print.


This paper examines what constitutes an “acceptable life” for non-human animals (i.e. a life with a level of lifetime wellbeing high enough that it is not wrong to create it), and whether the level of lifetime wellbeing at which a life counts as acceptable is the same for human beings and non-human animals. We show that any answer to this question will incur a theoretical cost: we are forced to embrace either a) strongly revisionary conclusions about human procreation, b) a form of speciesism, or c) anti-natalism for many non-human animals.

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