Preferences, Health, Interests and Value
University of Wales Cardiff
 The view is defended that, unlike artefacts, living creatures have
a good of their own and are morally considerable. In response to
Frederik Kaufman's claim that the capacity for preferences is
necessary for having interests and for moral considerability, it is
argued that in these regards this capacity is sufficient but
unnecessary, and that the capacity for health is also sufficient.
This has the important implication that there is more to human good
than mental states and their objects.
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