Moral and Religio-Moral Implications
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Previous chapters have considered the implications of coming into the presence of persons for respecting the ends principle as it applies to them and for our affective response and entered relationships to them. In this chapter the further concrete moral and religio-moral (religious implications for the treatment of other persons) are discussed. Some relate to those persons close to us. Some relate to those beyond our immediate ken. The implications of entering the presence of all persons are explored, and pacifism is presented as a possible implication. Also in this chapter the possibility of coming into the presence of nonhuman creatures is examined. Though they are not persons, it would be possible to come into their presence if they have a dignity or inherent value of their own. Several reasons for thinking that this is the case are considered.