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Title: Non-human animals and the limits of ecofeminism
Author: Bergin, Ian
ISNI:       0000 0001 3461 3743
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: The University of Essex pre-October 2008
Date of Award: 2008
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I argue that ecofeminism is unable to protect ~on-human animals from the most typical and important kinds ofabuse they face. There are many varieties of ecofeminist ~ theory, but all emphasise the importance of intimacy. It is intimate relationships that humans share with others which generate ethical responsibility. Billioh.s ofnon-human animals are harmed and killed every year and ecofeminism should be able to adequately criticise this. Institutional non-human animal abuse, and the abuse which occurs in nature, happens where intimacy is impossible with human ethical actors; therefore, most humans cannot develop relationships with most abused non-humans. Ifit is being in intimate relationships with others that generates ethical obligation, ecofeminism means that humans have no or few obligations to non-humans.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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