Welfare, Rights, and Pragmatism

  • John HadleyEmail author


In this chapter I reiterate the main elements of animal neopragmatism and discuss some of the central themes of the book. The main elements of animal neopragmatism are relational hedonism and expressivism. The former is a theory of folk concern for pain and a related claim about the proper focus of welfare policy; the latter is a thesis about the function of nonhedonistic or rights-based vocabulary. The central themes of the book are (1) the democratic legitimacy of the prevailing welfare paradigm can be called into question (2) fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, metaphilosophical and linguistic questions have serious implications for debates about human-animal relations (3) orthodox animal rights theory faces two serious problems (4) neopragmatism offers scope for reconciling existing ideas about welfare with more progressive ideas; in other words, neopragmatism is a novel way of moving from welfare to rights.


Welfare Animal welfare Animal rights Pragmatism Realism Neopragmatism Intrinsic value Hedonism 


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  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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