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Phenomenology and normativity: a Merleau-Pontian approach to animal ethics

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posted on 2022-03-28, 13:27 authored by Nathan Everson
This thesis begins by offering a critique of Kant's moral theory, demonstrating that what lies behind Kant's moral theory is a metaphysical excision separating the human and the animal, resulting in the exclusion of the animal from moral consideration. Drawing on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, I provide an alternative metaphysical framework that illustrates the expressiveness of animal life. In approaching the task of moving from an ontology of animal life to the foundations of a moral theory, our focus shifts to the work of Hans Jonas and his unique argument for the obligating force ontology has upon us.



Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 51-52

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy

Department, Centre or School

Department of Philosophy

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Jean-Philippe Deranty


Copyright Nathan Everson 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au




1 online resource (52 pages)

Former Identifiers

mq:44709 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1071507