An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory

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How should political communities govern their relations with animals?

Are animals owed justice?

What might justice for animals involve?

Alasdair Cochrane introduces the most prominent schools in contemporary political theory-utilitarianism, liberalism, communitarianism, Marxism and feminism-and examines their implications for issues such as meat-eating, intensive agriculture,...

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Overview

How should political communities govern their relations with animals?

Are animals owed justice?

What might justice for animals involve?

Alasdair Cochrane introduces the most prominent schools in contemporary political theory-utilitarianism, liberalism, communitarianism, Marxism and feminism-and examines their implications for issues such as meat-eating, intensive agriculture, animal experimentation, religious slaughter and hunting.

An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory explores the debates and discusses controversies over what makes an entity worthy of justice: is it rationality, the ability to contribute to society, sentience, or something else? It also introduces and engages with debates about what our political obligations to animals might entail: is it simply not to cause them unnecessary suffering, or do we have much more demanding obligations not to kill, own, or even use non-human animals?

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Meet the Author

ALASDAIR COCHRANE is Lecturer in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published on animal ethics, bioethics, human rights and environmental ethics in journals such as Political Studies, Utilitas, Bioethics and Res Publica.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface vi

Acknowledgements viii

1 Introduction: Animals and Political Theory 1

2 Animals in the History of Political Thought 10

3 Utilitarianism and Animals 29

4 Liberalism and Animals 50

5 Communitarianism and Animals 72

6 Marxism and Animals 93

7 Feminism and Animals 115

8 Conclusions 136

Notes 147

Bibliography 157

Index 163

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