Mark Coeckelbergh: Growing Moral Relations. Critique of Moral Status Ascription
Why should we consider animals in our moral circle? This is an important question as we often strongly intervene in the lives of animals: We keep them as pets, breed them in factory farms, let them dance in circuses, hunt them, and destroy the vermin. However, many of these practices are strongly criticized because many people consider animals as members of our moral circle. This is often grounded by considerations based on consequentialist and deontological thinking that recognizes certain basic features of animals as morally relevant.
In his recent book “Growing Moral Relations. Critique of Moral Status Ascription,” Mark Coeckelbergh develops a very critical view on these main streams of animal ethics, especially on consequential and deontological thinking, and to a lesser extends also on virtue ethics. Instead of such lines of reasoning, he argues for a relational approach to the question why non-human animals have moral standing.
The book consists of two parts. The first part is...