Steve Cooke

measuring the boundaries of our nation by the sun

Zoopolis: a political theory of animal rights – my review

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My invited review of Donaldson and Kymlicka’s wonderfully thought-provoking recent book, Zoopolis: a political theory of animal rights has just been published in Global Policy. In addition to being lovely people, Donaldson and Kymlicka are great writers – I recommend you pick up a copy of their book, especially if you have any interest in what we owe to non-human animals and also to humans who lack full moral personhood.

Much of the debate in animal ethics/animal rights theory has focussed upon how individuals should treat non-human animals. Recently, researchers such as myself, the fantastic Alasdair Cochrane at the University of Sheffield, and John Hadley at the University of Western Sydney  have looked at applying concepts drawn from political theory to the question of what we owe to non-human animals. In Zoopolis Donaldson and Kymlicka do the same by exploring how political communities should interact with non-human animals.

Read my review here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1758-5899.2012.00187.x/abstract

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Author: Steve Cooke

I work in normative ethics, specialising in animal and environmental ethics and political philosophy.

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