Moral Agency And How It Affects Their Treatment Of Other Beings

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In this paper I will explore the ways in which humans identify moral agency and how it affects their treatment of other beings. I will make the argument that the treatment of others based on one’s interpretation of their moral agency is arbitrary and wrong. To begin I will start with a discussion of what characteristics moral agency are comprised of and what it means to humans, followed by an analysis of how these attributes are manifested in different beings and how it affects their treatment by humans, particularly the ways in which species are dehumanized and morally disengaged from in the absence of an interpretation of moral agency. In order to understand exactly what constitutes moral agency, a dissection of the interpretation of agency must be discussed. Agency in its simplest form is the ability for one to act, or do things. This doesn’t necessarily have any connotation, the motivation that drives the agent’s actions are unknown. However, when one is a moral actor, a new normative lens is used to observe the motivations of the agent’s actions. Making moral decisions has some implications for the agent itself as a moral decision requires a certain amount of cognitive capacity to make. The agent must first possess a certain amount of intelligence to recognize the concept of morality, and the ability to reason to determine which course of action represents the moral stance. The first creature that comes to mind when we think about intelligence and reason is of course…

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