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On the Backs of Animals: The Valorization of Reason in Contemporary Animal Ethics

From: Ethics & the Environment
Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2005
pp. 1-17 | 10.1353/een.2005.0012

Abstract

Despite the fact that feminists have compellingly drawn connections between traditional notions of reason and the oppression of women and nature, many animal ethicists fail to deeply incorporate these insights. After detailing the links between reason and the oppression of women and animals, I argue that the work of philosophers such as Tom Regan and Peter Singer fails to reflect that what feminists have called is not the mere inclusion of emotion, but a recognition of the inherent continuity between the two. To ignore this continuity, I conclude, risks reinscribing the very suffering we seek to eliminate.



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