DAVID SZTYBEL'S ARGUMENT FOR ANIMAL PERSONHOOD



1. Suppose you could have an animal's experience of pleasure or pain.

I disagree.

2. You would immediately call that a personal experience.

I disagree.

3. Since your experience would be generically identical with that of the animal, the animal's own experience has sufficient characteristics to be considered a personal experience as well.

I disagree.

4. Therefore animals have personal experiences.

I disagree.

5. Personal experiences can only be attributed to persons, not things or other kinds of beings.

I disagree.

6. Therefore at least sentient animals are persons.

I disagree.

Now to consider an argument for animal rights, which does not require that animals be considered persons, although that seems to be their rightful due.

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