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The Animal Question: Why Non-Human Animals Deserve Human Rights

Paola Cavalieri


What we call moral progress can for the most part be seen as the history of the replacement of hierarchical visions in favor of equality. Yet, we currently use nonhuman animals as means to our ends – in fact, we treat them in ways that we would deem profoundly immoral were they human beings. Is such a position warranted? This book's aim is to show that it is not. I argue that, just like the past justifications of intra‐human discrimination, the justifications of discrimination against nonhumans are indefensible. I first discuss the problem of moral status in the context of rational, nonreligio ... More

Keywords: animal rights, applied ethics, Paola Cavalieri, discrimination, equality, ethics, human rights, humanism, moral status, nonhuman animals, philosophy, speciesism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143805
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195143809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paola Cavalieri, author