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Irgy comments on Nonperson Predicates - Less Wrong

29 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 27 December 2008 01:47AM

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Comment author: Irgy 17 November 2011 08:40:13PM 2 points [-]

Can't I use the word "rights" without losing my status as a consquentialist? I simply use the concept of a "being with a right to live" as a shortening for "a being for which murdering would, in the majority of circumstances and all else being equal, be very likely to be a poor moral choice". You can respect the rights of something without holding a deontological view that rights are somehow the fundamental definition of morality.