An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory by Alasdair CochraneAn Introduction to Animals and Political Theory by Alasdair Cochrane

An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory

byAlasdair Cochrane

Paperback | October 20, 2010

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  • How should political communities govern their relations with animals?
  • Are animals owed justice?
  • What might justice for animals involve?

    Alasdair Cochrane introduces the most prominent schools in contemporary political theory – utilitarianism, liberalism, communitarianism, Marxism and feminism – and examines their implications for issues such as meat-eating, intensive agriculture, animal experimentation, religious slaughter and hunting.

    An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory explores the debates and discusses controversies over what makes an entity worthy of justice: is it rationality, the ability to contribute to society, sentience, or something else? It also introduces and engages with debates about what our political obligations to animals might entail: is it simply not to cause them unnecessary suffering, or do we have much more demanding obligations not to kill, own, or even use non-human animals?
  • ALASDAIR COCHRANE is Lecturer in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published on animal ethics, bioethics, human rights and environmental ethics in journals such as Political Studies, Utilitas, Bioethics and Res Publica.
    Title:An Introduction to Animals and Political TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pagesPublished:October 20, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:0230239269

    ISBN - 13:9780230239265


    Table of Contents

    Series Editors' Foreword
    Introduction: Animals and Political Theory
    Animals in the History of Political Thought
    Utilitarianism and Animals
    Liberalism and Animals
    Communitarianism and Animals
    Marxism and Animals
    Feminism and Animals