Moral patiency

We naturally think of some things, but not others, as worthy of moral consideration, in the sense that we feel obligated to protect them from harm.

We feel morally obligated to protect people from harm, for example, but we do not feel so obligated when it comes to inanimate objects like tables and chairs. In other words, we think of people, but not tables and chairs, as worthy of moral consideration.

These studies are designed to investigate why we think of some things, but not others, as worthy of moral consideration.

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