Abstract

Abstract:

This article discusses the approaches of utilitarianism and deontological ethics toward "conservation hunting." Specifically, how each moral theory deals with issues regarding age and functionality, when ending the life of the individual. An example is studied. Utilitarianism does not provide a robust enough framework to deal with both facets of the question pertaining to the individual. However, Kantian deontological ethics, as developed by Korsgaard, posits that humans have direct duties to nonhuman animals. Thus, deontological ethics is the moral theory that supports the view that humans have a duty to do better than hunt animals when trying to conserve them.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-1267
Print ISSN
2156-5414
Pages
pp. 170-176
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-19
Open Access
No
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