Contra Kantian Anthropocentrism
Even though it is true that rational agents are deserving of moral consideration, it’s really vague for our humans to determine whether other nonhuman animals are rational or not. For example, Kantian think humans are rational they can autonomously control. However, can non-human animals also autonomously control? Kantian think animals all lack rationality and autonomy, and they therefore have no intrinsic moral importance. But, how can we know that animals don’t have rationality or autonomy. Humans are not animals themselves; they cannot feel what animals are feeling. Thus, they cannot make a conclusion and assert that animals are not deserve moral consideration just because human’s bias. The thing that humans are not aware of doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Therefore, the claim that only rational agents are deserving of moral consideration is so far-fetched that cannot be true.