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dc.contributor.authorProber, Clare.
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-05T19:29:06Z
dc.date.available2017-05-05T19:29:06Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.otherW Thesis 1514
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11040/24425
dc.description102 leaves.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: leaves 100-102.
dc.description.abstractIn my thesis, I accept the premise that animals possess inherent value and as a result, are deserving of certain protections. I argue that a rights-based approach is required to sufficiently ensure such protections, since the beneficence of the human spirit has consistently fallen short in the modern era. To this end, I explore the dominant ethical theories of contemporary philosophy, to see if they are conceptually capable of accommodating a rights based system of protections to ensure animal welfare in our society. The theories I explore are Contractarianism, Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, and Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach. I conclude that in order for an ethical theory to successfully house a robust system of animal rights, the theory must be open to accommodating various forms of consciousness that do not necessarily conform to the human standards of cognition. Ultimately, I argue that Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach is the only theory that meets the criterion required to successfully accommodate animal rights.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsContractarianism -- Objections and responses to contractarianism -- Utilitarianism -- Korsgaard's Kantian ethics -- Singer vs. Korsgaard -- Nussbaum, capabilities -- Korsgaard vs. Nussbaum.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWheaton College (Norton, Mass.)en_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate research.en_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAnimal rights -- Moral and ethical aspects.
dc.subject.lcshAnimal rights -- Philosophy.
dc.subject.lcshAnimal rights -- Ethics.
dc.subject.lcshAnimal welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects.
dc.titleThe ethical foundations for animal rights.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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