Greater Good Magazine Interviews Martha Nussbaum About “Justice for Animals”
What Does Justice for Animals Look Like?
Should a hummingbird be able to be a plaintiff in court? According to philosopher Martha Nussbaum, the answer is yes.
In her new book, Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility, the distinguished professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago offers a new theory of animal justice that is meant to inform our law and policy. Her theory is based on the “capabilities approach,” which looks not only at the harm done to animals, but whether we’re infringing on their freedom to live full lives.
Granting animals the rights, under the law, that they deserve has never been so urgent, Nussbaum contends.
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