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Environmental Ethics

Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 1981

Dale Jamieson
Pages 167-171
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics19813244

Rational Egoism and Animal Rights

Jan Narveson has suggested that rational egoism might provide a defensible moral perspective that would put animals out of the reach of morality without denying that they are capable of suffering. I argue that rational egoism provides a principled indifference to the fate of animals at high cost: the possibility of principled indifference to the fate of “marginal humans.”