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Name of Article:
Animals, Politics and Justice: Rawlsian Liberalism and the Plight of Non-Humans 
Title of Book/Journal:
Environmental Politics 
Type:
Article 
English Translation:
 
Publication Date:
Summer 2003     
Author(s):
Garner, Robert
 Editor(s):
 
Volume:
12 
Issue: 2
Pages: 3 - 22  
Corporate Author:
 
Publisher:
   
EPA Number:
 
Other Number:
ISSN: 0964-4016   
Keyword(s):
ANTHROPOCENTRISM
RAWLS^^ JOHN
Comments:
 
 
 
 
    
 
Annotation:
The author argues that Rawls illegitimately excludes animals as beneficiaries of the deliberations in the original position. The author states that claims about the superiority of contractarianism from an animal protection perspective are devalued because Rawls's principles of justice are themselves derived from, or at least influenced by, preexisting moral intuitions and values. In addition, excluding animals from Rawls's theory of justice leaves them subject to the liberal principle of moral pluralism. The author concludes that in theory and practice the treatment of animals becomes a matter of moral preferences, whereby the state is reluctant to intervene to prohibit those who see no wrong in animal cruelty.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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