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A novel argument for vegetarianism? Zoopolitics and respect for animal corpses

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posted on 2022-06-09, 08:37 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn

This paper offers a novel argument against the eating of meat: the zoopolitical case for vegetarianism. The argument is, in brief, that eating meat involves the disrespect of an animal’s corpse, and this is respect that the animal is owed because they are a member of our political community. At least three features of this case are worthy of note. First, it draws upon political philosophy, rather than moral philosophy.  Second, it is a case for vegetarianism, and not a case for veganism. Third, while it is animal-focussed, it does not rely upon a claim about the wrong of inflicting death and suffering upon animals. The paper sets out the argument, responds to two challenges (that the argument is merely academic, and that the argument does not go far enough), and concludes by comparing the case to Cora Diamond’s classic argument for vegetarianism.

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British Academy grant number PF19\100101

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Animal Studies Journal

Volume

9

Issue

2

Pages

240 - 259

Publisher

University of Wollongong Library

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author

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This paper appears here with the permission of the publisher. This paper Milburn, Josh, A Novel Argument for Vegetarianism? Zoopolitics and Respect for Animal Corpses, Animal Studies Journal, 9(2), 2020, 240-259 is available at: https://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol9/iss2/10

Publication date

2020-12-16

Copyright date

2020

eISSN

2201-3008

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 28 March 2022

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