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Perspectival pluralism for animal welfare

Veit, Walter and Browning, Heather (2021) Perspectival pluralism for animal welfare. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 11 (1). ISSN 1879-4912

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s13194-020-00322-9


Animal welfare has a long history of disregard. While in recent decades the study of animal welfare has become a scientific discipline of its own, the difficulty of measuring animal welfare can still be vastly underestimated. There are three primary theories, or perspectives, on animal welfare - biological functioning, natural living and affective state. These come with their own diverse methods of measurement, each providing a limited perspective on an aspect of welfare. This paper describes a perspectival pluralist account of animal welfare, in which all three theoretical perspectives and their multiple measures are necessary to understand this complex phenomenon and provide a full picture of animal welfare. This in turn will offer us a better understanding of perspectivism and pluralism itself.

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Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 16:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 14:12

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