The Place of Animals in Kantian Ethics [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 35:8 (2020)
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Abstract

Kantian ethics has struggled terribly with the challenge of incorporating non-human animals as beings to which we can owe obligations. Christine Korsgaard’s Fellow Creatures is a bold, substantial attempt to meet that challenge. In this essay review, I set the scene for the book’s core argument, offer a reconstruction of that argument, and reflect on its strengths and limitations, arguing that it is ultimately unconvincing.

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Jonathan Birch
London School of Economics

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