How do we determine the value of a life? - Rebecca L. Walker
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Ethical issues like this one do not arise in a vacuum. We can reflect on the nature of moral status in general, but we should apply this conceptual resource to specific dilemmas by attending to the legal, historical, and institutional contexts at hand. To engage in this exercise, it helps to use concrete case studies. Several cases written for the National High School Ethics Bowl program by the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC-Chapel Hill do just that:
“Suffering in the Wild”
“The Status of Animals in Denmark”
“Nonhuman animals in biomedical research”
“Anti-Depressants for Mentally-Ill Animals”
These cases can be used as entry points for reflection or as anchors to keep your discussion of philosophical ideas grounded.
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