By Elisa Aaltola, John Hadley
Debate in animal ethics wishes reenergizing. up to now, philosophers have fascinated by a comparatively constrained variety of particular topics while leaving metaphilosophical concerns that require pressing recognition principally unexamined.
This well timed choice of essays brings jointly new concept and significant views on key themes in animal ethics, foregrounding questions with regards to ethical prestige, ethical epistemology and ethical psychology. Is an individualistic process established upon capacities the right way to flooring the ethical prestige of non-human animals or may still philosophers pursue relational views? What does it suggest to “know” animals and “speak” for them? what's the position of feelings corresponding to disgust, empathy, and love, in animal ethics and the way does emotion tell the rationalism inherent in analytic animal ethics theory?
The assortment goals to increase the scope of animal ethics, rendering it extra including very important modern philosophical subject matters and pushing the self-discipline in new directions.
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This dual-source status is therefore compatible with impartiality since intrinsically comparable animals can still have different expectations and interests depending on context. NOTES 1. The inconsistencies of our current practices and attitudes are nicely described by Harold A. Herzog, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (New York: Harper, 2010). 2. The label was coined and championed by James Rachels and more recently defended by Jeff McMahan.
It is a threshold and range concept: it applies equally to all those that meet a given criterion above a given threshold. In a classic definition, Mary Ann Warren writes: To have moral status is to be morally considerable, or to have moral standing. It is to be an entity toward which moral agents have, or can have, moral obligations. If an entity has moral status, then we may not treat it in just any way we please; we are morally obliged to give weight in our deliberations to its needs, interests, or well-being.
4. Colin Allen and Michael Trestman, “Animal Consciousness”, in The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (Summer Edition), ed. E. N. edu/ archives/sum2014/entries/consciousness-animal/, accessed 1 August 2014. 5. David DeGrazia, “Self-Awareness in Animals”, in The Philosophy of Animal Minds, ed. Robert W. Lurz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 201–17, 205. 6. Michael Tooley, Abortion and Infanticide (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983); Peter Carruthers, The Animals Issue (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 134.
Animal ethics and philosophy : questioning the orthodoxy by Elisa Aaltola, John Hadley