The ethics of wild animal suffering


Jalagania, Beka


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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-620335
Document Type: Doctoral dissertation
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Mannheim
University: Universität Mannheim
Evaluator: Gesang, Bernward
Date of oral examination: 25 January 2022
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Philosophie III mit Schwerpunkt Wirtschaftsethik (Gesang)
Subject: 100 Philosophy
Keywords (English): ethics , animal ethics , wild animal suffering , duties of assistance , intervention in nature , laissez-faire intuition , ethics of predation
Abstract: In this thesis I aim to achieve two objectives. The first is to show that we are required to intervene in nature to assist suffering wild animals. The second is to offer some morally permissible ways of carrying out such intervention. After presenting an extensive critical analysis of the laissez-faire view, according to which we have no general obligation to assist wild animals, I challenge various arguments commonly put forward against intervention in nature and show that they fail to defend the non-interventionist view. Next, I propose general principles of a successful and morally permissible form of intervention in nature, which I collectively label as moral supervision on nature. Then I provide a critical assessment of various forms of intervention in nature that have been put forward in the relevant literature in order to determine whether they should be granted a moral approval. Most importantly, I address the notorious problem of predation. I show that all existing responses to the predation problem are inadequate and misguided. Then I present what I believe to be the most adequate approach to that problem.

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