Non-Anthropocentric Views, Animals as Moral Subjects, and Equality

  • Kai HorsthemkeEmail author
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


Animals, at least mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and even certain invertebrates like octopuses, qualify as “moral subjects” and as deserving of respect and consideration equal, albeit not necessarily identical, to that of human moral subjects. A review non-anthropocentric accounts that—in principle—accommodate animals in the requisite fashion indicates why reverence for life, sympathy, and the principle of utility fail either as compelling moral theories or as efficient action guides, or both.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KU Eichstätt-IngolstadtEichstättGermany

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