Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief
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In Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief, a group of renowned philosophers considers these questions. Carefully and clearly, they examine the four lines of reasoning the courts have used to deny chimpanzee personhood: species, contract, community, and capacities. None of these, they argue, merits disqualifying chimpanzees from personhood. The authors conclude that when judges face the choice between seeing Kiko and Tommy as things and seeing them as persons—the only options under current law—they should conclude that Kiko and Tommy are persons who should therefore be protected from unlawful confinement "in keeping with the best philosophical standards of rational judgment and ethical standards of justice."
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Andrews, Kristin; Comstock, Gary L.; Crozier, G.K.D.; Donaldson, Sue; Fenton, Andrew; John, Tyler M.; Johnson, Cassie Meré; Johnson, L. Syd M.; Jones, Robert C.; Kymlicka, Will; Meynell, Letitia; Nobis, Nathan; and Peña-Guzman, David, "Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief" (2018). eBooks. 17.