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ERIC Number: EJ864318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Animal Rights and Human Growth: Intellectual Courage and Extending the Moral Community
Rowe, Bradley D.
Philosophical Studies in Education, v40 p153-166 2009
While the ethical dimension of human-animal relationships has become a legitimate, rich subject for contemporary moral philosophers, scholars of moral education, and to a large extent, philosophers of education, have remained surprisingly silent on this subject. The primary purpose of this essay is to illustrate the relationship between the moral standing of animals and human moral growth. First, the author briefly shows how the Western philosophical tradition has both justified human dominion over nonhuman animals as well as laid the groundwork for assigning the latter with moral value. The author's second task is to revisit contemporary moral philosophy in order to outline the main arguments for extending the moral community to encompass nonhuman species. Then, the author examines the narrative of Julie Andrzejewski, who--through teaching, writing, and activism--remains dedicated to issues of social justice, including the ways in which human beings coexist with nonhuman beings. Drawing on Andrzejewski's article entitled, "Teaching Animal Rights at the University: Philosophy and Practice," the author analyzes Andrzejewski's thought-provoking insights as a teacher of animal rights courses. These three tasks, the author proposes, frame the author's central argument: for human moral growth, people should consider their ethical duties to nonhuman animals. A central assumption underlying this essay is that educators should be concerned with human growth. (Contains 37 notes.)
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Language: English
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