Special Relations, Special Obligations, and Speciesism

  • Eric X. Qi PhD Candidate, Philosophy Department, Rice University
Keywords: special relations, special obligations, speciesism, animal ethics

Abstract

This paper develops a general account of special relations and special obligations, and uses it as a framework to argue for a modest form of speciesism mitigated speciesism based on an understanding of species co-membership as a thick concept. Mitigated speciesism steers a middle ground between anti-speciesism and crude speciesism. Unlike anti-speciesists, I maintain that species co-membership is a morally relevant special relation, which indeed grounds special obligations among the members of the same species. But unlike crude speciesists, I argue that our special obligations to our fellow human beings do not warrant that we should always count their interests more than comparable interests of non-human animals. Instead, special obligations based on species co-membership are subject to three constraints.

 

 

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2016-11-02
How to Cite
Qi, E. (2016). Special Relations, Special Obligations, and Speciesism. Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 7(3), 12-22. https://doi.org/10.3329/bioethics.v7i3.30948
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