Introduction to AnimalEthics.net
Animalethics.net contains introductory texts and academic papers in the research field of animal ethics.
The papers, which are all authored or co-authored by researchers attached to the Department of Food and Resource Economics, originate from:
Books or reports
The site takes a pluralist approach to animal ethics and covers a broad understanding of the complexities in the study of values, moral concepts, controversies, principles and practices of animal ethics.
The academic material is thematically ordered in broad terms and new research papers will be posted on the site continually.
Animal ethics - a definition
The term 'animal ethics' denotes two rather different things. It refers to a social reality, i.e. describes how, in different contexts, human beings actually use and treat animals, and also how they think about their treatment of animals. But it refers as well to a branch of applied philosophy which, in the light of theories of good and bad, right and wrong, discusses how we ought to use and treat animals.
The main focus on AnimalEthics.net is on animal ethics as a form of applied philosophy, even though it does contain some material taking a historical or a social science perspective on animal ethics.