Reasonable Partiality and Animal Ethics

Rollin, Bernard
January 2005
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Jan2005, Vol. 8 Issue 1/2, p105
Academic Journal
Moral psychology is often ignored in ethical theory, making applied ethics difficult to achieve in practice. This is particularly true in the new field of animal ethics. One key feature of moral psychology is recognition of the moral primacy of those with whom we enjoy relationships of love and friendship -philiain Aristotle’s term. Although a radically new ethic for animal treatment is emerging in society, its full expression is severely limited by our exploitative uses of animals. At this historical moment, only the animals with whom we enjoyphilia- companion animals - can be treated with unrestricted moral concern. This ought to be accomplished, both for its own sake and as an ideal model for the future evolution of animal ethics.


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