In this paper, I will argue that ethical intuitionism and Robert Audi’s work on its moral epistemology as applied to Kant’s formula of humanity can offer grounding and support for an animal rights position that approaches that of a view articulated by Tom Regan. The combination of these positions will be done by testing our intuitions concerning non-rational individuals—leading one, I argue, to an animal rights view. Then I will briefly note the skeptical concerns about the role of intuitions in our knowledge of the moral status of human animals and non-human animals alike. Ultimately, I will conclude that intuitions can support a case for animal rights.
"The Intuitiveness of Animal Rights: Audi's Epistemology, Kantian Ethics, and Regan's Case,"
Between the Species:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol26/iss1/3