Animal Agency, Captivity, and Meaning

The Harvard Review of Philosophy 25:127-146 (2018)
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Abstract

Can animals be agents? Do they want to be free? Can they have meaningful lives? If so, should we change the way we treat them? This paper offers an account of animal agency and of two continuums: between human and nonhuman agency, and between wildness and captivity. It describes how a wide range of human activities impede on animals’ freedom and argues that, in doing so, we deprive a wide range of animals of opportunities to exercise their agency in ways that can give meaning to their lives.

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Nicolas Delon
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