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Cass R. Sunstein and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.001.0001

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Beyond “Compassion and Humanity”

Beyond “Compassion and Humanity”

Justice for Nonhuman Animals

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(p.299) 14 Beyond “Compassion and Humanity”
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Animal Rights
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Martha C. Nussbaum

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.003.0015

This chapter discusses the application of the capabilities approach to the question of animal rights. It explains that this approach provides better theoretical guidance on the issue of animal entitlements over contractarian and utilitarian approaches because it is capable of recognising a wide range of types of animal dignity and of corresponding needs for flourishing. The chapter criticises the view of philosopher Immanuel Kant and his followers that mistreatment of animals does not raise questions of justice and suggests that the claims of animals should be rooted in an understanding of what sorts of capabilities animals have.

Keywords:   capabilities approach, animal rights, animal entitlements, animal dignity, Immanuel Kant, contractarian approach, utilitarian approach

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