Political Philosophy and Nonhuman Animals

Ontiveros, Caleb (2014) Political Philosophy and Nonhuman Animals. [Abstract]

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Abstract

In this work I consider two arguments for the conclusion that nonhuman animals are not owed justice. Some argue that justice is solely a matter of distributing material goods and that this excludes nonhuman animals from the sphere of justice. This argument fails for two reasons. First, even if it's true that justice is solely a matter of distributing material goods, it's not clear that it follows that nonhuman animals are not owed justice. Second, the claim that justice is solely a matter of distributing material goods is false. Some argue that the recipients of justice can be determined by some contractarian theory--and that contractarian theories exclude nonhuman animals. Against this, I note that many contractarian theories have implausible consequences and that the most plausible forms of contractarianism don't exclude nonhuman animals. I then explore briefly what including nonhuman animals in the sphere of justice would look like.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Uncontrolled Keywords: nonhuman animals, political philosophy, animals, animal ethics, justice, sentient beings, suffering, animal welfare, animal rights, social change, ethics, moral and ethical aspects
Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium > Philosophy
Undergrad Research Symposium
Depositing User: Caleb Ontiveros
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 19:04
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 16:01
URI: http://fortworks.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/570


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