The importance of what they care about

  title={The importance of what they care about},
  author={Matthew Noah Smith},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  • M. Smith
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophical Studies
Many forms of contemporary morality treat the individual as the fundamental unit of moral importance. Perhaps the most striking example of this moral vision of the individual is the contemporary global human rights regime, which treats the individual as, for all intents and purposes, sacrosanct. This essay attempts to explore one feature of this contemporary understanding of the moral status of the individual, namely the moral significance of a subject’s actual affective states, and in… 
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