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Irina Mikhalevich and Russell Powell, Minds without spines: Evolutionarily inclusive animal ethics

Abstract

There is no way to include invertebrates within the moral sphere without being “extreme” — to use Mikhalevich & Powell’s term. This is because of the profound difficulties in correctly attributing sentience. This commentary argues that we have a moral duty to be extreme.

Author Biography

Eric Dietrich is professor of philosophy and an editor of the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. Website

Tara Fox Hall is an author, a safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop, and an editor for the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. Website

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