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Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals

Christine M. Korsgaard


This book argues that we are obligated to treat all sentient animals as “ends in themselves.” Drawing on a theory of the good derived from Aristotle, it offers an explanation of why animals are the sorts of beings who have a good. Drawing on a revised version of Kant’s argument for the value of humanity, it argues that rationality commits us to claiming the standing of ends in ourselves in two senses. As autonomous beings, we claim to be ends in ourselves when we claim the standing to make laws for ourselves and each other. As beings who have a good, we also claim to be ends in ourselves when ... More

Keywords: animals, Aristotle, extinction, humans, good, Kant, marginal cases, moral standing, pleasure, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine M. Korsgaard, author
Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University