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An introduction to animals and political theory

Cochrane, Alasdair (2010) An introduction to animals and political theory. Macmillan Publishers Limited, Hampshire, UK. ISBN 9780230239258

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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, 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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Additional Information: © 2010 Macmillan
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 16:33
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2021 23:05

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