From Welfare to Rights without Changing the Subject

@article{Hadley2017FromWT,
  title={From Welfare to Rights without Changing the Subject},
  author={John Hadley},
  journal={Ethical Theory and Moral Practice},
  year={2017},
  volume={20},
  pages={993-1004}
}
  • J. Hadley
  • Published 23 November 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
In this paper I introduce the ‘changing the subject’ problem. When proponents of animal protection use terms such as dignity and respect they can be fairly accused of shifting debate from welfare to rights because the terms purportedly refer to properties and values that are logically distinct from the capacity to suffer and the moral significance of causing animals pain. To avoid this problem and ensure that debate proceeds in the familiar terms of the established welfare paradigm, I present… 
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