Department/School

Sociology and Anthropology

Abstract

An analysis of the socio-political limitations of using rights-language for the protection of animals. In brief, rights-language emphasizes individualism, which Robert Bellah and his co-authors of the 1985 book Habits of the Heart argue is currently the default language of American culture. This language turns 'rights' into 'wants' and undercuts inter-species responsibility. The alternate American language of civic republicanism would do more to encourage responsibility.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics

Publication Date

Spring 1987

Volume

3

Issue

2

Pages

76-80

Comments

This article was originally presented at a conference on “The Humane Community: Animal Liberation, the Protection of Nature, and the Renewal of Public Life” organized by the Schweitzer Center (Berkeley, California) in January 1987. It was subsequently published in the Schweitzer Center's quarterly journal. This pre-publication version is very close to the published text.

Document Version

Preprint