Title: animal rights

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Subject: Philosophy
Author: Curtis D
Date: May 9, 2013
Level: University
Grade: A
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Thus, Descartes argued, it is only the general ability to adapt to widely varying circumstances?and, in particular, the capacity to respond creatively in the use of language?that provides a sure test for the presence of an immaterial soul associated with the normal human body. But Descartes supposed that no matter how human-like an animal or machine could be made to appear in its form or operations, it would always be possible to distinguish it from a real human being by two functional criteria...

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Although an animal or machine may be capable of performing any one activity as well as (or even better than) we can, he argued, each human being is capable of a greater variety of different activities than could be performed by anything lacking a soul. In a special instance of this general point, Descartes held that although an animal or machine might be made to utter sounds resembling human speech in response to specific stimuli, only an immaterial thinking substance could engage in the creative use of language required for responding appropriately to any unexpected circumstances...

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