Dignity and its violation examined within the context of animal ethics.

Humphreys, Rebekah (2016) Dignity and its violation examined within the context of animal ethics. Ethics and the Environment, 21 (2). pp. 143-162. ISSN 1085-6633

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Abstract

In this paper I aim to analyse the concept of ‘dignity’ in relation to other than human animals and to examine how this concept might be of use in informing us of actions that may harm such animals. In doing so, I will firstly outline some of the characteristic features of actions that may be said to violate dignity before proceeding to analyse the idea that one can degrade a being by treating it in a way that is excessively instrumental and further to examine an ontological explanation for why some actions that harm nonhuman animals can be thought of as a violation of dignity. Some of the relevant issues arising from an examination of dignity and its violation involve reflection on notions such flourishing, consent and autonomy. Such linking issues will be considered in relation to the application of the concept of dignity to nonhuman beings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals, Humans, Bears, Circuses, Morality, Bioethics, Wild animals, Cats, Ethics committees, Humiliation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Rebekah Humphreys
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 15:08
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 10:57
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/967

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