Nussbaum's capabilities approach and nonhuman animals: Theory and public policy

Journal of Social Philosophy 39 (4):547-563 (2008)
In this paper, I assess Martha Nussbaum's application of the capabilities approach to non-human animals for both its philosophical merits and its potential to affect public policy. I argue that there are currently three main philosophical problems with the theory that need further attention. After discussing these problems, I show how focusing on factory farming would enable Nussbaum to demonstrate the philosophical merits of the capabilities approach as well as to suggest more powerful and effectives changes in our public policies.
Keywords Martha Nussbaum  the capabilities approach  animals  public policy
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9833.2008.00442.x
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T. J. Kasperbauer (2013). Nussbaum and the Capacities of Animals. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26 (5):977-997.

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