Capabilities in a Theory of Justice for Nonhuman Animals

I examine Martha C. Nussbaum’s proposal of the ‘Capabilities
Approach’ as a ‘Theoretical Basis’1 for the defense of
an animal rights position. I outline the anthropocentric
and speciesist bias in several of her basic assumptions and I
emphasize that they produce normative claims that are incompatible
with the implications of the standard understanding of animal rights
theory. I then go on to defend necessary criteria that any application
of a capabilities approach must meet in order to be in meaningful
agreement with an animal rights position. Following an examination of
her critique towards liberal theories of justice and I defend the position
that a contractarian theory of basic rights for other animals remains
untouched by it.
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Tierrechtsansätze in religiöser Dogmatik

Ich bin über eine These gestolpert, die versucht, die
Tierrechtsposition und ihre praktischen Manifestationen in dem, was
wir Tierrechtsbewegung nennen, in einem Kontext von struktureller
Religiösität zu verstehen. Ich frage daher, inwiefern in Religionen
ein emanzipatorisches Potential für die Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen
gesehen werden kann und überlege mir, ob es strategisch sinnvoll
ist, dieses Potential auszuschöpfen.

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