In Defense of Animal Universalism

In T. Ryan Byerly & Eric Silverman (eds.), Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven. New York, USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 161-192 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper defends “Animal Universalism,” the thesis that all sentient non-human animals will be brought into Heaven and remain there for eternity. It assumes that God exists and is all-powerful, perfectly loving, and perfectly just. From these background theses, the authors argue that Animal Universalism follows. If God is perfectly loving, then God is concerned about the well-being of non-human animals, and God chooses to maximize the well-being of each individual animal when doing so does not harm other individual creatures or violate creaturely freedom. If God is perfectly just, then God does not arbitrarily discriminate against non-human animals by offering humans an opportunity to enter Heaven but not offering the same to each animal. Each of these conclusions implies Animal Universalism.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Evil and the Human/Animal Divide: From Pliny to Paré.Kathleen Perry Long - 2014 - Dialogue and Universalism 24 (1):103-114.
Popular Media and Animals.Claire Molloy - 2011 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Duties to Companion Animals.Steve Cooke - 2011 - Res Publica 17 (3):261-274.
Animal Ethics: Toward an Ethics of Responsiveness.Kelly Oliver - 2010 - Research in Phenomenology 40 (2):267-280.
Quia Ego Nominor Leo: Barthes, Stereotypes and Aesop’s Animal.Tom Tyler - 2014 - Dialogue and Universalism 24 (1):193-208.
Animals and Sociology.Kay Peggs - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Animals Are Good People Too.Jan Hartman - 2014 - Dialogue and Universalism 24 (1):9-13.
Animal rights and self-defense theory.John Hadley - 2009 - Journal of Value Inquiry 43 (2):165-177.

Analytics

Added to PP
2017-07-26

Downloads
323 (#36,867)

6 months
50 (#27,354)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Blake Hereth
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Tyler John
Longview Philanthropy

Citations of this work

The possibility of resurrection by reassembly.Justin Mooney - 2018 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 84 (3):273-288.
Is Heaven a Zoopolis?A. G. Holdier - 2020 - Faith and Philosophy 37 (4):475–499.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references