Offers a systematic analysis of the current and normatively required political and legal position of animals in liberal democracies
Combines normative theory with practical achievability
Compels us to reconsider the relationship between the open society and the animals in it
Part of the book series: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series (PMAES)
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Table of contents (7 chapters)
About this book
This book is an interdisciplinary study centred on the political and legal position of animals in liberal democracies. With due concern for both animals and the sustainability of liberal democracies, The Open Society and Its Animals seeks to redefine animals’ political-legal position in the most successful political model of our time. Advancements in modern science point out that many animals are sentient and that, like humans, they have certain elementary interests. The revised perception of animals as beings with elementary interests raises questions concerning the liberal democratic institutional framework: does a liberal democracy have a responsibility towards the animals on its territory, and if so, what kind? Do animals need legal animal rights and lawyers to represent them in court, and should they also be represented in parliament? And how much change of this kind could a liberal democracy really endure?
Vink addresses these and other pressing questions relating to the political and legal position of animals in this persuasive and authoritative work, compelling us to reconsider the relationship between the open society and the animals in it.
Authors and Affiliations
Faculty of Law, Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands
About the author
Janneke Vink is Assistant Professor of Jurisprudence at the Open University of the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in Law and has published on political philosophy, philosophy of law, animal law and constitutional theory. She has offered expert advice to the Belgian and Dutch Parliaments on bills relating to animal welfare.
Book Title: The Open Society and Its Animals
Authors: Janneke Vink
Series Title: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-41923-3Published: 11 July 2020
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-41926-4Published: 11 July 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-41924-0Published: 10 July 2020
Series ISSN: 2634-6672
Series E-ISSN: 2634-6680
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVI, 375
Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations