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Rights Theory and Animal Rights

Tom L. Beauchamp

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195371963
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195371963.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Rights Theory and Animal Rights

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This article presents a theory of animal rights developed from basic categories in moral and political philosophy about the nature and sources of rights. It concentrates on aspects of contemporary rights theory that are suited to the analysis and justification of animal rights. It argues that rights are justified claims that individuals, groups, and institutions can press upon others or upon society. “Animal rights” in this way give an animal or group of animals valid claims against the harm-causing activities of humans. The discussion proposes a robust theory of animal rights that would significantly alter many current practices. A critical part of this argument is that there is a firm correlativity between rights and obligations: all rights entail obligations and all obligations entail rights.

Keywords: political philosophy; animal rights; harm-causing activities; human; obligations

Article.  14601 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science

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