Dr Michał Pełka
University of Warsaw
English abstract: The article aims to critically discuss the theory of animal rights developed by American social philosopher David DeGrazia. It consists of two parts. The first one describes the main elements of DeGrazia’s approach, namely his views on animal minds, the principle of equal consideration, the idea of unequal moral status, the concept of border persons, and practical remarks concerning improving the treatment of animals by humans. The second part presents remarks about the points where DeGrazia’s proposals should be supplemented and corrected so as to make them more convincing and widely accepted. The conclusion of the essay is the proposal of a cultural revolution for the benefit of animals, which should be initiated by famous people, like actresses, actors, sportswomen and sportsmen, because of their influential position in contemporary societies.
Keywords: border persons, animal rights, cultural revolution, moral status, equal consideration principle, David DeGrazia
Language: Original printed in Polish, English translation available below
Published: Number 1(22)/2020, pp. 52-65.
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