Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Chart to Help Clarify Fundamentalism versus Pragmatism

Tables are often very useful learning tools that can map out a lot of complex information in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand. My article, “Animal Rights Law,” and many previous blog entries, discuss the fundamentalism versus pragmatism debate, which centres on the question of whether ‘welfarist’ suffering-reduction laws are acceptable from an animal rights perspective. Some people might have trouble seeing how animal rights pragmatism has an overall justification in the context of my theory of seeking what is best for animals. The following chart accounts for this idea and also explains the false ethical appeal of fundamentalist approaches. This is only a tool however and is not a substitute for an accounting of all of the complexities involved, which really requires a book I’d like to write. However, clarifying some of the overall ideas will help to provide a schema that lets all of the details better fall into place.


A Selection of Related Articles

Sztybel, David. "Animal Rights Law: Fundamentalism versus Pragmatism". Journal for Critical Animal Studies 5 (1) (2007): 1-37.

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Short version of "Animal Rights Law".

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Sztybel, David. "Incrementalist Animal Law: Welcome to the Real World".

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Sztybel, David. "Sztybelian Pragmatism versus Francionist Pseudo-Pragmatism".

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A Selection of Related Blog Entries

Anti-Cruelty Laws and Non-Violent Approximation

Use Not Treatment: Francione’s Cracked Nutshell

Francione Flees Debate with Me Again, Runs into the “Animal Jury”

The False Dilemma: Veganizing versus Legalizing

Veganism as a Baseline for Animal Rights: Two Different Senses

Francione's Three Feeble Critiques of My Views

Startling Decline in Meat Consumption Proves Francionists Are Wrong Once Again!

The Greatness of the Great Ape Project under Attack!

Francione Totally Misinterprets Singer

Francione's Animal Rights Theory

Francione on Unnecessary Suffering

My Appearance on AR Zone

D-Day for Francionists

Sztybel versus Francione on Animals' Property Status

The Red Carpet

Playing into the Hands of Animal Exploiters

The Abolitionist ApproachES

Francione's Mighty Boomerang

Dr. David Sztybel Home Page

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