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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 1998

David E. W. Fenner
Pages 51-61
DOI: 10.5840/ijap19981216

Animal Rights and the Problem of Proximity

This paper argues that due to considerations of proximity of particular humans to particular (nonhuman) animals, and to the impact this proximity has on the obligations felt by those humans to those animals, an animal rights strategy as a means of specifying what obligations humans really do have toward animals cannot be successful. The good news, however; is that it is out of these proximity relations that we can begin to understand just what obligations humans properly do have toward animals.

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