Dependent Companions

Tony Milligan

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My primary concern will be to cast light upon the relation between animal guardians (‘pet owners’) and pets as a deep relation. I will proceed with a degree of indirectness by explaining why animal guardians can have an epistemically-privileged position when it comes to end-of-life decisions concerning pets. My contention is that they are best placed to grasp the relevant narrative considerations upon which end-of-life deliberation in marginal cases ought to depend. Such narrative-appreciation is built into the practice of treating animals as pets. By virtue of having such a narrative appreciation, animal guardians can be best placed to grasp the life-role of pain and suffering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-413
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • animals
  • pets
  • companion animals
  • ethics


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