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Paula Casal publishes in Res Publica

Paula Casal publishes in Res Publica

"Whaling, Bullfighting, and the Conditional Value of Tradition"

 

20.11.2020

 

Paula Casal has published the paper "Whaling, Bullfighting, and the Conditional Value of Tradition" in the journal Res Publica. The paper is available here:

 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11158-020-09486-w

Abstract: The paper develops an account of the value of tradition that completes that of Samuel Scheffler and employs it to discuss whaling and bullfighting. The discussion, however, is applicable to many other practices the paper describes, and its relevance extends also beyond animal ethics. Some of the arguments discussed here for maintaining these traditions appeal to their positive aspects, such as their contribution to social or environmental harmony; other arguments focus on the impermissibility of one group criticizing another group’s practices when its own are vulnerable to comparable criticism. Reflecting on the first kind of argument, the paper responds, building on the work of G. A. Cohen and T. M. Scanlon, that the value of tradition, if any, must be conditional. Reflecting on the second, however, the paper disagrees with Cohen and Scanlon on the impermissibility of casting the first stone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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