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« Animals Do Have an Interest in Liberty »

Valéry Giroux, coordonnatrice du CRÉ, signe un article dans le Journal of Animal Ethics, vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 20-43.


According to Alasdair Cochrane, liberty can have value for most animals only because it allows them to obtain other desirable things, such as well-being. With this he concludes that humans can continue to use other animals as long as they treat them well. In this article, I reject this conclusion by arguing against the positive conception of liberty in favor of its negative or republican conception. I suggest that it is sufficient for a being to be capable of agency in order to have an interest in liberty, which deserves to be protected by the right to be free.