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Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy
Animals obviously cannot have a right of free speech or a right to vote because they lack the relevant capacities. But their right to life and to be free of exploitation is no less fundamental than the corresponding right of humans, writes Julian H. Franklin. This theoretically rigorous book will reassure the committed, help the uncertain to decide, and arm the polemicist. ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by Columbia University Press
(first published December 7th 2004)
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Surprisingly, Franklin founds his animal rights argument in Kant. He does this by arguing, first, that humans are only a subset of the sentient creatures that deserve not to be treated as means. He then (re)bases the categorical imperative on this point. His other primary argument is for the rights owed moral patients, which saves babies, animals, and other marginal cases from being used for food or medical experiments. This point relies to an extent on Regan's argument, contra Singer, that ...more