Animals and the Social Contract

Environmental Ethics 30 (2):195-207 (2008)

Authors
Kimberly Smith
Open University (UK)
Abstract
In The Frontiers of Justice, Martha Nussbaum argues that social contract theory cannot accommodate political duties to animals because it requires the parties to the contract to enjoy rough physical and mental equality. Her interpretation of the social contract tradi­tion is unpersuasive; social contract theory requires only that the parties be equally free and deserving of moral consideration. Moreover, social contract theory is superior to her capabilities approach in that it allows us to limit the scope of the community of justice to animals we are capable of recognizing as subjects of justice and with whom we have a political relationship.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  General Interest
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0163-4275
DOI 10.5840/enviroethics20083026
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 38,955
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Nussbaum and the Capacities of Animals.T. J. Kasperbauer - 2013 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26 (5):977-997.
A Pluralist–Expressivist Critique of the Pet Trade.Kimberly K. Smith - 2009 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 22 (3):241-256.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Comment on Munoz-Dardé's'liberty's Chains'.Niko Kolodny - 2009 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 83 (1):197-212.
Psychological Contracts.Jeffery A. Thompson & David W. Hart - 2005 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16:38-43.
Social Contracts and Corporations: A Reply to Hodapp. [REVIEW]Thomas Donaldson - 1990 - Journal of Business Ethics 9 (2):133 - 137.
Can There Be a Social Contract with Business?Paul F. Hodapp - 1990 - Journal of Business Ethics 9 (2):127 - 131.
New Essays on Contract Theory.Kai Nielsen & Roger A. Shiner (eds.) - 1977 - Canadian Association for Publishing in Philosophy.
Indigeneity and the Settler Contract Today.R. Nichols - 2013 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (2):165-186.
The Law of Peoples.John Rawls - 1999 - Harvard University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total views
62 ( #115,213 of 2,319,369 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #268,364 of 2,319,369 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature