Ideas from 'fragments/reports' by Hermarchus [270 BCE], by Theme Structure

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25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 6. Animal Rights
Animals are dangerous and nourishing, and can't form contracts of justice
                        Full Idea: Hermarchus said that animal killing is justified by considerations of human safety and nourishment and by animals' inability to form contractual relations of justice with us.
                        From: report of Hermarchus (fragments/reports [c.270 BCE]) by David A. Sedley - Hermarchus
                        A reaction: Could the last argument be used to justify torturing animals? Or could we eat a human who was too brain-damaged to form contracts?