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Title: Imagined Utopias: Animals Rights and the Moral Imagination
Authors: Cooke, Stephen Michael
First Published: 15-Aug-2017
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Journal of Political Philosophy, 2017
Abstract: This paper explores why there has been little progress towards the achievement of animal rights. It claims that failures of the moral imagination hinder progress towards certain types of political ideals, of which justice for non-human animals is one. The paper argues that historical cultural norms about the treatment of non-human animals combine with difficulties in cultivating sympathetic dispositions with dissimilar beings to weaken moral motivation. In order to overcome these difficulties, the paper argues for a society that promotes imaginative thinking and cultivates sympathy whilst at the same time giving citizens the freedom to challenge established norms. The paper concludes that a society in which justice for non-human animals is most likely to be achieved will be a liberal society with a cosmopolitan outlook.
DOI Link: 10.1111/jopp.12136
ISSN: 0963-8016
eISSN: 1467-9760
Embargo on file until: 15-Aug-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 24 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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