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A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World

Robert Garner


This book argues that animals are worthy recipients of justice, and that, in practice, excluding animals from a theory of justice amounts, at best, to the claim that we have very limited direct duties to some animals, and, at worst, that we only have indirect duties to them. At the level of ideal theory, or the goal to which we ought to be aiming, it is argued that a valid theory of justice for animals should be rights-based, and alternative approaches based on contractarianism, animal welfare, utilitarian or capabilities ought to be rejected. Further, an abolitionist (or species-egalitarian) ... More

Keywords: Animals, justice, ethics, rights, sentience, ideal theory, contractarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936311
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Garner, author
University of Leicester