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New approaches in empirical animal ethics - using experimental philosophy to challenge intuitions regarding the moral status of nonhuman animals

Persson, Kirsten. New approaches in empirical animal ethics - using experimental philosophy to challenge intuitions regarding the moral status of nonhuman animals. 2018, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.

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Abstract

There are few people who would claim they do not like animals or at least care about them in one way or another. Yet, human-animal relations are ambivalent, coined by partiality and ignorance, fascination and fear, scientific curiosity and abuse, closeness and carelessness. For this doctoral project moral intuitions regarding animals have been investigated with an innovative mixed methods approach. With the help of narratives from qualitative interviews, light is shed on complex personal attitudes and judgements, revealing individual intuitions regarding the animals’ moral status. Furthermore, three quantitative studies with the novel tools of experimental philosophy contribute pivotal insights into crucial factors for moral decisions and actions related to nonhuman animals. As a complementary approach, an empirical pilot study with toy figurines is introduced. The built scenarios present an entirely new angle on human-animal relations based on three-dimensional, non-verbal data. Empirical results are discussed against the background of different ethics concepts in animal philosophy with a special focus on different accounts of the animals’ moral status. Finally, application contexts for the results on the topical question how to deal with (different kinds of) nonhuman animals are shown.
Advisors:Shaw, David and Salzburger, Walter
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science
08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Persson, Kirsten and Shaw, David and Salzburger, Walter
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:13482
Thesis status:Complete
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Number of Pages:1 Online-Ressource (152 Seiten)
Language:English
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Last Modified:12 Mar 2020 05:30
Deposited On:11 Mar 2020 15:40

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