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Animal Cognition and Human Values

Birch, Jonathan (2017) Animal Cognition and Human Values. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Animal welfare scientists face an acute version of the problem of inductive risk, since they must choose whether or not to affirm attributions of mental states to animals in advisory contexts, knowing that their decisions hold significant consequences for animal welfare. In such contexts, the burden of proof should be sensitive to the moral consequences of error, but a framework for setting appropriate burdens of proof is lacking. Through reflection on two cases—the case of pain, and the case of cognitive enrichment—I arrive at a tentative general framework based on the principle of expected welfare maximization. I then discuss the limitations of this framework and the important questions it leaves open.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Birch, Jonathanj.birch2@lse.ac.uk0000-0001-7517-4759
Keywords: animal welfare; animal cognition; inductive risk; science and values; pain
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Birch
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2017 18:13
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2017 18:13
Item ID: 14026
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 13 October 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14026

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