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

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Are animals worthy recipients of justice? If so, what do we owe them, and what is to be gained by using the language of justice when considering our duties toward them? This innovative book argues that not only are animals worthy recipients of justice, but that the language of justice offers a stronger base of claims for animal advocates than does the language of ethics or morality. Contending that a genuinely political theory of animal rights must go beyond the level of ideal theory, this is the first account of...

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Overview

Are animals worthy recipients of justice? If so, what do we owe them, and what is to be gained by using the language of justice when considering our duties toward them? This innovative book argues that not only are animals worthy recipients of justice, but that the language of justice offers a stronger base of claims for animal advocates than does the language of ethics or morality. Contending that a genuinely political theory of animal rights must go beyond the level of ideal theory, this is the first account of animal ethics to use nonideal theory to plot a course from where we are now to where we want to be. Robert Garner argues that a valid theory of justice for animals should be rights-based, and that animals have a right to not suffer at the hands of humans. At the same time, he argues that humans have a greater interest in life and liberty than most species of nonhuman animals. Tackling animal ethics as it relates to justice and non-ideal theory, this is a seminal work that will challenge traditional approaches and offer a compelling new vision of animal justice.

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"In this highly anticipated book, Robert Garner presents a clear and persuasive new theory of justice for animals. Because the theory aims to be feasible, and attuned to what can be achieved given the realities of our societies, the book is required reading for all those interested in the future of animal protection." —Alasdair Cochrane, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Sheffield

"Integrating moral and political philosophy, and carefully distinguishing ideal from nonideal theory, Garner advances a powerful case that any complete theory of justice will include animals within its scope. This erudite, carefully argued monograph contributes importantly to both animal ethics and justice theory." —David DeGrazia, Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University

"In this pathbreaking book Garner leaves us in no doubt that animals would be better off as recipients of justice than mere objects of moral concern. Combining imagination with a compelling pragmatism, he pulls off the unique feat of persuading us not only that animals deserve justice but that they can be granted it without overturning the political order as we know it." —Andy Dobson, Professor of Politics, Keele University

"The book makes important contributions to ongoing debates about our obligations to animals, and about the grounds of those obligations." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199936335
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,017,157
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester in the UK.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Animals, Justice and Nonideal Theory

2. Contractarianism, Animals and Justice

3. Why Animals Need Justice

4. Indirect Duties, Virtue Ethics and Animals

5. The Animal Welfare Ethic

6. Animal Rights and Justice

7. Three Positions Rejected

8. Animal Rights as Ideal and Nonideal Theory

9. The Argument From Marginal Cases Revisited

10. Conclusion

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