Cross-species plural agents

Cynthia Townley*

*Corresponding author for this work

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There is much discussion about the moral standing of animals and the scope of human responsibilities to the more-than-human world. As yet, there has been little discussion about whether cross-species collectives (such as a human and a dog) can constitute composite or plural agents analogous to those proposed in epistemic and moral cases. If so, fruitful new ways of understanding how we live and work with animal companions will likely emerge. This chapter takes a first step towards those new understandings by arguing that cross-species collectives are possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied ethics
Subtitle of host publicationremembering Patrick Primeaux
EditorsMichael Schwartz, Howard Harris
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781780529882
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameResearch in ethical issues in organizations
ISSN (Print)1529-2096


  • Animal ethics
  • Animals in professions
  • Plural agents
  • Social ontology


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