- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Animal Rights1' during my Thesis research, as from 2015.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 14/07/2019 18:05:46): Animal Rights
- The motivation for including this topic – which is in its primarily ethical aspect largely tangential to my Thesis (which focuses on metaphysics) – is at least fivefold:-
- Firstly, as Locke noted, personal identity is a forensic4 matter.
- As I’m inclined towards animalism5, the status of other animals is relevant – in particular in resisting the claims of those (eg. Lynne Rudder Baker) that when a FPP6 comes into existence, we get a major ontological7 change.
- Some animal rights theorists – eg. Gary Francione – want to give (at least some) animals the legal and moral standing of persons8.
- Other contemporary philosophers – eg. Peter Carruthers – argue that animals have no rights at all.
- My view is somewhere in the middle. I’m not a fan of rights (in the absence of a contract), but think that human beings have duties to one another and to the higher animals in virtue of the others’ needs.
- A passage in the advertising blurb9 for Matthew Calarco - Thinking Through Animals: Identity, Difference, Indistinction is:-
- The rapidly expanding field of critical animal studies now offers a myriad of theoretical and philosophical positions from which to choose.
- It uses three rubrics — identity, difference, and indistinction — to differentiate three major paths of thought about animals.
- The identity approach aims to establish continuity among human beings and animals so as to grant animals equal access to the ethical and political community.
- The difference framework views the animal world as containing its own richly complex and differentiated modes of existence in order to allow for a more expansive ethical and political worldview.
- The indistinction approach argues that we should abandon the notion that humans are unique in order to explore new ways of conceiving human-animal relations.
- Each approach is interrogated for its relative strengths and weaknesses, with specific emphasis placed on the kinds of transformational potential it contains.
- There needs to be a division of labour between this Note and that on Animals10. My intention is that only moral issues be discussed in this Note – and in particular those issues that affect or reflect the moral status of animals, whether human or not, or persons or not.
- Discussion of the capacities – cognitive and otherwise – and metaphysical questions involving the individuation and persistence conditions of animals – human and others – will feature in the other Note.
- For a page of Links11 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read12, include the following:-
- "Birch (Jonathan) - Crabs and lobsters deserve protection from being cooked alive", Birch, Brief Comment
- "Cave (Stephen) - Not nothing", Cave
- "Cave (Stephen) - Who killed Knut?", Cave
- "Charlton (Anna E.) & Francione (Gary) - A humanely killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong", Charlton
- "Giubilini (Alberto) - Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules", Giubilini
- "King (Barbara J.) - The pig on your plate", King
- "Moore (Richard) - There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos", Moore
- "Bekoff (Marc) - The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy and Why They Matter", Bekoff
- "Carruthers (Peter) - The Animals Issue: Moral Theory in Practice - Preface", Carruthers, Footnotes added to text
- "Carruthers (Peter) - The Animals Issue: Moral Theory in Practice - Conclusion", Carruthers, Footnotes added to text
- "Cavalieri (Paola) & Singer (Peter), Eds. - The Great Ape Project - Equality Beyond Humanity", Cavalieri&Singer
- "Gruen (Lori) - Ethics and Animals: An Introduction", Gruen
- "Ishiguro (Kazuo) - Never Let Me Go", Ishiguro, Written Up13
- "Layard (Antonia) - Review of Animals, Property and the Law by Gary L. Francione", Layard
- "Marshall (Richard) & Rowlands (Mark) - Mark Rowlands: Hour of the Wolf", Marshall
- "Pynes (Christopher A.) - Review of Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation by Gary L. Francione", Pynes
- "Regan (Tom) - The Case for Animal Rights: Preface", Regan
- "Singer (Peter), Ed. - In Defence of Animals", Singer14
- "Stingl (Michael) - Still Waiting for Rain: Review of 'Rain Without Thunder' by Gary L. Francione", Stingl
- "Watson (Alan) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Foreword", Watson
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with15:-
- "Benton (Ted) - Natural Relations: Ecology, Animal Rights & Social Justice", Benton
- "Blum (Deborah) - The Monkey Wars", Blum
- "Carruthers (Peter) - Against the moral standing of animals", Carruthers
- "Carruthers (Peter) - Suffering without subjectivity", Carruthers
- "Carruthers (Peter) - Sympathy and subjectivity", Carruthers
- "Carruthers (Peter) - The Animals Issue: Moral Theory in Practice", Carruthers
- "Carruthers (Peter) - Why the question of animal consciousness might not matter very much", Carruthers
- "DeGrazia (David) - Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status", DeGrazia
- "Forrester (Mary) - Animal Rights", Forrester
- "Forrester (Mary) - How Animals Ought to be Treated", Forrester
- "Forrester (Mary) - Persons, Animals, and Fetuses: An Essay in Practical Ethics", Forrester
- "Francione (Gary) - Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation", Francione
- "Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?", Francione
- "Kazez (Jean) - Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals", Kazez
- "Rachels (James) - Created From Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism", Rachels
- "Regan (Tom) - The Case for Animal Rights", Regan
- "Scruton (Roger) - Animal Rights and Wrongs", Scruton
- "Sharpe (Robert) - The Cruel Deception: The Use of Animals in Medical Research", Sharpe
- "Singer (Peter) - Animal Liberation", Singer
- This is mostly a place-holder16.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (14/07/2019 18:05:46).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Consequently, I’ve not spent £10 on this 88-page book. Footnote 13:
- This timely book provides an overview and analysis of the most influential of these trends.
- Approachable and concise, it is intended for readers sympathetic to the project of changing our ways of thinking about and interacting with animals yet relatively new to the variety of philosophical ideas and figures in the discipline.
- This is relevant to the discussion of animal rights only tangentially, but importantly, I think.
- Individual Chapters not noted individually.
- I’ve listed almost the books & papers I have that seem relevant – this list will require sifting when I get down to serious work on the topic.
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