Re: [evol-psych] The Rights of Animals
> On Thu, 2 Jun 2005, George Parrish wrote:I don't think that reciprocity, responsibility, or rationality are
>> .... We could begin talking about the rights of chickens if
>> someone presented credible evidence that they also have the intellectual
>> capacity to knowingly share our third universal value, reciprocity and a
>> sense of responsibility.
_necessary_ conditions for rights. Perhaps they are sufficient conditions,
but not _necessary_ ones. If they were _necessary_, then infants, severely
retarded people, and Alzheimer's patients would not have rights, which they
clearly do. So, some other argument would be needed here.