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Oikeudenmukaisuus elollisia olentoja kohtaan : Porfyrioksen pidättäytymisen etiikka (2020)

Tuominen, M. (2020). Oikeudenmukaisuus elollisia olentoja kohtaan : Porfyrioksen pidättäytymisen etiikka. Teologinen aikakauskirja, 125(4), 291-309.

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All authors or editors: Tuominen, Miira

Journal or series: Teologinen aikakauskirja

ISSN: 0040-3555

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 125

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 291-309

Publisher: Teologinen julkaisuseura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77940


In this article, I argue that Porphyry’s conception of justice in On abstinence is remarkable for several reasons. While I agree with Fay Edwards that Porphyry does not assume the moral status of animals to depend on their rationality, I argue that Porphyry’s claim is not based on any form of the assumption that animals deserve moral consideration only if they share some relevant property with human beings. Contrary to Edwards, I argue that this is not because justice is irrelevant to animals in On abstinence 3. Rather, extending abstinence from causing harm to humans to apply also to non-human animals and plants is a constitutive element in the higher forms of justice that Porphyry requires of philosophers.

Keywords: human-animal relationship; relation to nature; justice; animals; plants; value (properties); consciousness (mental properties); humanity (societal properties); animal rights; morals; ethics; ancient philosophy

Free keywords: Porphyry; De abstinentia

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Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 2

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