Religiosity and Public Reason: The Case of Direct Action Animal Rights Advocacy

  title={Religiosity and Public Reason: The Case of Direct Action Animal Rights Advocacy},
  author={John Hadley},
  journal={Res Publica},
  • J. Hadley
  • Published 12 April 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Res Publica
Recent social science research indicates that animal rights philosophy plays the functional role of a religion in the lives of the most committed animal rights advocates. In this paper, I apply the functional religion thesis to the recent debate over the place of direct action animal rights advocacy in democratic theory. I outline the usefulness of the functional religion thesis and explain its implications for theorists that call for deliberative theories to be more inclusive of coercive forms… 
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