What Are the Basic Criteria for Having Rights?

Steve Wise talks about how we can be confident, from a legal point of view, that a particular nonhuman being should be accorded certain basic legal rights.

“The arguments I make, at least as a sufficient condition for rights is the idea of practical autonomy: that you can desire, that you can act intentionally, that you have some kind of an understanding that your desires are being fulfilled. In order to have that level of cognitive complexity, you have to at least be conscious.”

The video is from an interview with Gooseberry Productions.

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  2. […] is that, given their cognitive and emotional complexity, chimpanzees rank very high on Wise’s “practical autonomy” scale, which consists of three traits that, if possessed, ought to be sufficient—though not […]

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