Learning Ethics From Our Relationships with Animals: Moral Imagination

TitleLearning Ethics From Our Relationships with Animals: Moral Imagination
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHamington, M
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Date PublishedFall2008
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
KeywordsCARING , COMPASSION , EMPATHY , ethics , Feminist , HUMAN-animal , Moral , SOCIAL
AbstractThe majority of animal advocacy discourse is unidirectional: Humans are regarded as stewards of animal welfare, and humans control the bestowal of rights and protections upon animals. This article offers a reversal of the typical moral reflection used in animal advocacy. The author suggests that our relationship with animals participates in the development of moral faculties requisite for ethical behavior. 
NotesHamington, Maurice 1,2; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Philosophy, Metropolitan State College of Denver. 2: Director, Institute for Women's Studies and Services, Metropolitan State College of Denver.; Source Info: Fall2008, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p177; Subject Term: HUMAN-animal relationships; Subject Term: MORAL development; Subject Term: ETHICS -- Social aspects; Subject Term: FEMINIST ethics; Subject Term: EMPATHY; Subject Term: CARING; Subject Term: COMPASSION; Subject Term: SOCIAL aspects; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article