A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World

2014.03.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Garner, A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World, Oxford University Press, 2013, 197pp.,
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2014.03.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Garner, A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World, Oxford University Press, 2013, 197pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199936335. Reviewed by Brian Berkey, Stanford University In this book, Robert Garner takes up several important and interrelated questions about the moral status of, and our obligations to, nonhuman animals. He defends three central and closely linked views. First, he seeks to establish that animals are owed justice, as opposed to (merely) moral concern -- that is, he argues that principles of justice apply to our treatment of animals. Second, he defends a particular account of what animals are entitled to as a matter of justice, which he calls the "enhanced sentience position" (pp. 15, 133). On this view, animals have a right not to suffer at the hands of humans, and a strong enough interest in continued life that only very weighty human. . .

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