Saturday, August 1, 2009

A quick note on a possible academic route

© 2009, Joshua Stark

In trying to broaden my horizons, I'm considering writing a piece to try to get published in an academic journal or some such thing (I think I'm finally coming to terms with my stuffy writing).
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Right now, I'd like it to be an ethics essay, and I have a couple of directions to possibly take, but the one I'd really like to pursue, I think, is on the concept of animal rights. I have a thumbnail opposition to animal rights, in that I don't think it possible (or therefore fair) for a non-human entity to fully enter into a social contract, and I also think that attempting to grant animals our libertarian form of rights is an immature, and ultimately nature-damaging idea.

So, dear reader(s, I hope), please shoot me some ideas of your own. Is there a particular line of thinking that can support/destroy this idea of mine? Do you know of any good journals to which I should write? Do you think I should write about something else, or stop writing completely, and take up something non-verbal? Let me know.

3 comments:

Gabe Davis said...

If you go after the lets make animals like people crowd you probably won't get published ( I graduated with a BS in Wildlife and fisheries science and wrote some papers for publishing, they would use terms like inflamatory when I wrote about animals as food) but I hope you write it anyway and share it with us.

Albert A Rasch said...

Start with Lomasky has a pretty good argument against animal rights. My friend Brendan, as some interesting arguments for. I think he's wrong, but e sure does a good, honest job of it. I'll get you the link shortly!

Best regards,
Albert
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Josh said...

Thanks to both for the encouragement. Albert, I will really appreciate anything you send my way.