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CPP Colloquium with Peter Niesen: Which ‘all subjected’-principle for animals?

Thursday 24 November 2022
CPP Colloquia 2022-2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Which ‘all subjected’-principle for animals?

The Centre of Political Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture by Peter Niesen, Professor for Political Theory.


Prof. dr. Peter Niesen


The ‚political turn‘ in human-animal-studies has been an inspiration to many authors working in the field, but philosophically and politically speaking a halfway house. Its main proponents have suggested animals should be awarded membership rights, but have at the same time defended a moral and non-relational understanding of basic animal rights (Donaldson/Kymlicka 2011, Cochrane 2018, Ladwig 2020). A more thorough-going relational approach for at least those animals that are inextricably connected to interspecies habitations, projects and ways of life is called for to make the political turn both theoretically more consistent and politically more attractive. I argue that such a freestanding approach is to recognize civil, social and political rights entailed by or derived from animals‘ inclusion in social and political practices. For such purposes, the political theory of citizenship has offered a criterion of inclusion for resident humans: the “all subjected”-principle. Among the several variants proposed, I discuss how a revised version of the principle needs to be framed in order to cover animal membership and generate further claims.


About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See CPP for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Tim Meijers at t.meijers@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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