Liberty and Valuing Sentient Life

  title={Liberty and Valuing Sentient Life},
  author={John Hadley},
  journal={Ethics \& the Environment},
  pages={103 - 87}
  • J. Hadley
  • Published 3 June 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics & the Environment
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