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Fellow creatures : our obligations to the other animals

Author: Christine M Korsgaard
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Series: Uehiro series in practical ethics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Christine M. Korsgaard presents a compelling new view of our moral relationships to the other animals. She defends the claim that we are obligated to treat all sentient beings as what Kant called "ends-in-themselves." Drawing on a theory of the good derived from Aristotle, she offers an explanation of why animals are the sorts of beings for whom things can be good or bad. She then turns to Kant's argument for whom  Read more...
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Korsgaard, Christine M. (Christine Marion).
Fellow creatures.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1037902754
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine M Korsgaard
ISBN: 9780198753858 0198753853
OCLC Number: 1013965811
Description: xiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Human beings and other animals. 1. Are people more important than other animals? --
2. Animal selves and the good --
3. What's different about being human? --
4. The case against human superiority --
Part II. Immanuel Kant and the animals. 5. Kant, marginal cases, and moral standing --
6. Kant against the animals, part 1 : the indirect duty view --
7. Kant against the animals, part 2 : reciprocity and the grounds of obligation --
8. A Kantian case for our obligations to the other animals --
9. The role of pleasure and pain --
Part III. Consequences. 10. The animal antinomy, part 1 : creation ethics --
11. Species, communities, and habitat loss --
12. The animal antinomy, part 2 : abolition and apartheid.
Series Title: Uehiro series in practical ethics.
Responsibility: Christine M. Korsgaard.

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Christine M. Korsgaard presents a compelling new view of our moral relationships to the other animals. She offers challenging answers to such questions as: Are people superior to animals, and does  Read more...

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