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April 04, 2019 - Vox

Should animals, plants, and robots have the same rights as you?

Should animals, plants, and robots have the same rights as you?
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How humanity’s idea of who deserves moral concern has grown — and will keep growing.

The moral circle is a fundamental concept among philosophers, psychologists, activists, and others who think seriously about what motivates people to do good.

It was introduced by historian William Lecky in the 1860s and popularized by philosopher Peter Singer in the 1980s.

Now it’s cropping up more often in activist circles as new social movements use it to make the case for granting rights to more and more entities. Animals. Nature. Robots. Should they all get rights similar to the ones you enjoy? For example, you have the right not to be unjustly imprisoned (liberty) and the right not to be experimented on (bodily integrity). Maybe animals should too.

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