Condizioni di possibilità dei nostri obblighi nei confronti degli animali non umani
Nicolini Coen, Cosimo
In which conditions does the human species endow itself with a series of obligations aimed at orienting its relationship with non-human species? In my paper I shall try to answer this question by formulating two divergent theses. According to the first thesis (§ 1) the conditions of possibility for these obligations reside in a prescriptive dimension, ie authoritative. This thesis is articulable by distinguishing two kinds of authoritative source, respectively of transcendent (§ 1.1) and immanent type (§ 1.2). Here the awareness of the proximity between the animal species doesn’t seem to play an explicit role. The second kind of thesis (§ 2) identifies as a condition of possibility for these obligations a certain cognitive experience: that takes place thanks to the popularization of science's notions (§ 2.1) and that can take place by the virtue of a direct interaction between a man and another animal (§ 2.2). Here the awareness of the proximity between the animal species plays an explicit role. In § 3 I will argue why it is adequate to recognize in the perceptual, and therefore bodily, dimension the condition – prior to any prescription and scientific notion – for the emergence of feelings of obligations inherent to our relationship with other animals.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Cosimo Nicolini Coen, "Condizioni di possibilità dei nostri obblighi nei confronti degli animali non umani" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2020) XXII/1", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2020, pp. 81-98
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