Philosophy and animal welfare science

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Although human well-being is a topic of much contemporary philosophical discussion, there has been comparatively little theoretical discussion in philosophy of (nonhuman) animal well-being. Animal welfare science is a well-established scientific discipline that studies animal well-being from an empirical standpoint. This article examines parts of this literature that may be relevant to philosophical treatments of animal well-being and to other philosophical issues. First, I explain the dominant conceptions of well-being in animal welfare science and survey some debates in that literature surrounding these competing conceptions. Second, I explain the empirical methods used to measure animal well-being. Third, I argue for the philosophical relevance of the research in animal welfare science and outline some philosophical issues concerning animal welfare and its science that I claim are worthy of attention by philosophers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12626
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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Well-being
Animal Welfare
Philosophy
Animals
Philosophical Issues
Conception
Scientific Discipline
Empirical Methods
Nonhuman Animals
Philosopher

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