I propose an analogy between the thesis that animals have rights and David Lewis's commitment to modal realism. I argue that just as Lewis received incredulous stares that seem to justify rejecting his metaphysical hypothesis, so the thesis that animals have rights can be reasonably rejected. I consider the prospect challenging the considered beliefs on which that rejection depends, and ultimately offer a pessimistic conclusion.
"Animal Rights and Incredulous Stares,"
Between the Species:
1, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol21/iss1/9