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Alasdair MacIntyre, <i>After Virtue</i>

John R. Wallach.

in The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory

P ublished online February 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 6203 words.

This essay discusses the contribution of Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue (1981) to a generation of moral theory. Pitched as a critique of liberal individualism (e.g., Rawls), modernity...

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Animal Work

Jocelyne Porcher.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online July 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 8397 words.

Although the presence of animals in our lives seems natural, it is not; it depends on work. But we don’t know what work means for a dog, a horse, or a cow. This chapter proposes a concept...

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Animals as Legal Subjects

Paul Waldau.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online August 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 10440 words.

This chapter contrasts the dominant sense of the phrase “animals as legal subjects,” which minimizes fundamental protections for nonhuman animals, with alternative senses of the same phrase...

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Animals as Living Property

David Favre.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online February 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 7870 words.

For all recorded history domestic animals have been considered objects within the legal system, classified as personal property, the primary focus being on what an owner can do with...

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Animals as Sentient Commodities

Rhoda Wilkie.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online August 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 11376 words.

A discrepancy exists between the legal and perceived status of livestock. Legally, food animals are property, but their thing-like status is unstable and does not determine how they are...

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At the Limits of Rhetoric

Johannes Türk.

in The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt

January 2017; p ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 12208 words.

This chapter analyzes the systematic relationship of Carl Schmitt’s oeuvre to rhetoric, arguing that his work cannot be detached from its engagement in a simultaneously metaphysical and...

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Cetacean Cognition

Lori Marino.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online February 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 6047 words.

Cetacean cognition at the level of the individual is complex and highly sophisticated and shares a number of characteristics with human and other great ape cognitive features. At the same...

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The Ethics of Food Animal Production

Paul B. Thompson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online July 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 7840 words.

This chapter summarizes two strands of work on the ethics of food animal production. A dietetic tradition emphasizes the questions of whether and under what conditions consumption of animal...

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H. L. A. Hart, <i>The Concept of Law</i>

Matthew H. Kramer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 5912 words.

H. L. A. Hartʼs The Concept of Law is, of course, primarily a work of legal philosophy. It is indeed the most influential work of legal philosophy in the English language (and perhaps in...

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History and Animal Agencies

Chris Pearson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

April 2017; p ublished online February 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Political Theory; Law and Politics. 8547 words.

The argument that animals are agents is becoming ever more commonplace and forms part of a wider posthumanist intellectual project that reconsiders the power and role of nonhuman forces in...

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