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Record number 559827
Title Taking animal perspectives into account in animal ethics’
Author(s) Bovenkerk, B.; Meijer, Eva
Source In: Sustainable Governance and Management of Food Systems / Vinnari, E., Vinnari, M., Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086863419 - p. 73 - 78.
DOI https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-892-6_9
Department(s) WASS
Philosophy
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2019
Abstract Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in nonhuman animal agency in different fields. In biology and ethology new studies about animal languages, cultures, cognition and emotion are published weekly, affirming Darwin’s thesis that differences between humans and other animals are of degree and not kind. In the broad field of animal studies the symbolic and ontological human-animal distinction is challenged and other animals are presented as actors. These studies challenge existing approaches to animal ethics. Animals are no longer creatures to simply think about: they have their own perspectives on life, and humans can in some instances communicate with them about that. Animal ethics long determined individual moral rights and duties on the basis of nonhuman animal capacities, but this often measures them to human standards and does not take into account that nonhuman animals are a heterogeneous group in terms of capabilities as well as social relations to humans, which influences their scope for agency and possibilities for leading a good life. In our presentation we defend a relational approach to animal ethics, viewing other animals as subjects capable of co-shaping relations.
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