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The Open Society and Its Animals

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • 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)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Interspecies Democratic Theory

    • Janneke Vink
    Pages 13-63
  3. Conclusion

    • Janneke Vink
    Pages 337-345
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 347-375

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. 

Keywords

  • liberal democracy
  • justice
  • non-human animals
  • political institutions
  • constitutional theory
  • animal rights
  • animal welfare
  • Switzerland

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Law, Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands

    Janneke Vink

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.


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Softcover Book USD 64.99
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