‘Radically Reasonable Politics: Animal Rights and Liberal Democracy’ Review of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights, by Will Kymlicka and Sue Donaldson, Oxford UP
Humanimalia, Vol. 4(1), p. 167-71, Fall 2012
5 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 15, 2012
Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka maintain that the animal movement, a movement which, as they note, has never seen much success anyway, is mired in deficient theories. The authors suggest that animals do not have a chance without a meaningful place in politics. They seek to “shift the debate about animals from an issue in applied ethics to a question of political theory”. Donaldson and Kymlicka are on board with the objective of traditional animal rights theory — to end the human exploitation of nonhuman animals — but they believe that animal rights advocates have gone about it all wrong.
Keywords: Animal Ethics, Political Theory, Applied Ethics, Practical Ethics, Citizenship, Democracy, Liberalism, Equality, Moral Philosophy
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