Title

Rational Emotions: Animal Rights Theory, Feminist Critiques and Activist Insight

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2011

ISBN

9781441997609

Department

Sociology and Corrections

Abstract

In this chapter, I briefly present the foundational arguments for granting animals moral consideration, as developed by Tom Regan and Peter Singer. I also address the main feminist critiques to these arguments, which are rooted in the feminist care tradition and vegetarian ecofeminism. To evaluate these divergent philosophies of animal rights, I use studies that demographically and psychologically examine animal rights activists, vegans, and vegetarians (veg’ns) in order to contextualize and illuminate animal rights theory. This allows for an understanding of theory as a dialectical system of praxis, whereby theory and practice inform each other.

Publication Title

The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers

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