My thesis questions current debates and theories within 'animal ethics' in an attempt to demonstrate that both involve a problematic distinction between human and nonhuman (moral) value, and thus that the current debates, and more importantly the 'animal ethic' theories that attempt to respond to them, assume a problematic anthropocentrism.
The project will look at the origin and justification of this and attempt to show that any such distinction is ungrounded and problematic. As a consequence, I will introduce and argue for an 'animal ethic' theory that draws on 'environmental ethics'. I will aim to resolve the central debates in animal ethics by presenting a more justified (and non-arbitrary and unbiased) theory. This will help me to provide insight into many current ethical, social and political issues and to bring 'animal' and 'environmental' ethics into one intuitive and practical theory.
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