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Robert Nozick on nonhuman animals: Rights, value and the meaning of life

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posted on 04.04.2022, 15:09 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn
In his chapter, Josh Milburn argues that Robert Nozick considers nonhuman animals in his philosophical writings, but that these discussions are downplayed in animal ethics and Nozick scholarship. This is regrettable, Milburn proposes, as Nozick is far more sympathetic to animal rights than many other libertarians. Milburn thus offers an analysis of Nozick’s animal ethics. Nozick’s arguments concerning vegetarianism and speciesism are considered, and Milburn argues that tensions in Nozick’s political philosophy potentially open the door to animal rights. Whatever their place in his political philosophy, Milburn contends, nonhuman animals find a comfortable home in Nozick’s axiology and ethics, with their value and the significance of our duties towards them affirmed. Milburn concludes that animal ethicists could learn from Nozick’s distinctive arguments and approaches and find an unexpected ally.

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Northern Ireland’s Department for Employment and Learning

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues

Pages

97 - 120

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This book chapter was accepted for publication in the book Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54549-3_5

Publication date

2017-08-05

Copyright date

2017

ISBN

9783319545486; 9783319545493

Language

en

Editor(s)

Andrew Woodhall; Gabriel Garmendia da Trindade

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 28 March 2022

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