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The Harvard Review of Philosophy

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published on September 29, 2018

Nicolas Delon
DOI: 10.5840/harvardreview201892519

Animal Agency, Captivity, and Meaning

Can animals be agents? Do they want to be free? Can they have meaningful lives? If so, should we change the way we treat them? This paper offers an account of animal agency and of two continuums: between human and nonhuman agency, and between wildness and captivity. It describes how human activities impede on animals’ freedom and argues that, in doing so, we deprive many animals of opportunities to exercise their agency in ways that can give meaning to their lives.