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Justice for Animals

Humans have decried cruelty towards animals for millennia, but this rhetoric has not translated into protection: Institutions like factory farming and poaching, as well as human domination of the planet, have caused untold suffering. Simultaneously, research into animal intelligence means we know more than ever before about how this suffering is experienced.

This symposium brings together leading scholars and practitioners to debate a new theory of animal rights asserted by Martha Nussbaum in her book Justice For Animals: Our Collective Responsibility.

Nussbaum asserts that justice for animals should he measured by the extent to which our laws and institutions enable them to live a decently flourishing life, as defined by the characteristic life of their species. These articles wrestle with this theory of philosophy, and practical and legal implications.




Justice for Animals: A theory in search of moral principles

By: David Bilchitz

To respect all animals’ diverse ways of flourishing, we need a consistent set of moral principles that hold up across practical scenarios.

The right to strive in a changing world

By: Dale Jamieson

A philosopher prioritizes agency and Anthropocene concerns in a theory of animal justice.

Moving forward with pragmatism, raising an ideal

By: Andrea Padilla Villarraga

Legislative and judicial developments in favor of animals in Latin America have been fragmented, but there have been notable and pragmatic advances.

The radical implications of justice for animals

By: Jeff Sebo

A consensus on animal justice may already be achievable, but it should aim to include not only some but all animals.

Justice for animals and expanding our communities

By: Ezio Costa Cordella

An animal justice approach that respects all life while recognizing significant differences could transform humans’ relationship with nature.

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