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The Ethics of Killing Animals

Tatjana Višak and Robert Garner


This book brings together analyses in the fields of value theory, normative and applied ethics on the issue of killing animals. It addresses a number of questions: Can painless killing harm or benefit an animal and, if so, why and under what conditions? “Can coming into existence harm or benefit an animal? Is killing animals morally acceptable? Should animals have the legal right to life? In addressing these questions, the animal rights and animal welfare positions are articulated and debated by some of the foremost thinkers on these issues, with a distinction made between rights-based and uti ... More

Keywords: morality of killing, value theory, normative- and applied ethics, animal rights, animal welfare

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199396078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tatjana Višak, editor
Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, Saarland University and Mannheim University

Robert Garner, editor
Professor of Politics, University of Leicester

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Tatjana Višak and Robert Garner

Part I Animals and the Harm of Death

1 Killing as a Welfare Issue

T. J. Kasperbauer and Peter Sandøe

2 Death, Pain, and Animal Life

Christopher Belshaw

5 Animal Interests

Steven Luper

Part II Moral Evaluation of Killing Animals

9 A Kantian Case for Animal Rights

Christine m. Korsgaard

Part III Killing Animals and the Politicization of Normative Ethics