volume 59, issue 3, P460-469 2021
DOI: 10.1111/sjp.12406
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Abstract: In "Justice at the Margins: The Social Contract and the Challenge of Marginal Cases" (Southern Journal of Philosophy, 55.1), Nathan Bauer and David Svolba appeal to a concept of recognition found in social contract theory to argue that all humans, including humans who lack certain unique cognitive abilities, so-called marginal cases, have rights that nonhuman animals lack. The main reason is that we can recognize ourselves in all humans, but not in nonhuman animals. I argue (i) that it is unclear that we can r…

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