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Ethics, Humans and Other Animals : An Introduction With Readings

Ethics, Humans and Other Animals : An Introduction With Readings - 00 edition

Ethics, Humans and Other Animals : An Introduction With Readings - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780415212427

ISBN10: 0415212421

Ethics, Humans and Other Animals : An Introduction With Readings by Rosalind Hursthouse - ISBN 9780415212427
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
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Ethics, Humans and Other Animals : An Introduction With Readings by Rosalind Hursthouse - ISBN 9780415212427

ISBN13: 9780415212427

ISBN10: 0415212421

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 00

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Summary

Ethics, Humans and Other Animals: An Introduction with Readings is an introductory textbook on the ethics of our treatment of animals. It requires no prior knowledge of philosophy and is ideally suited to those coming to philosophy and ethical problems for the first time. Rosalind Hursthouse gives a well-balanced account of the three standard approaches in current ethical theory, utilitarianism, rights and virtue ethics, clearly explaining how each approach seeks to answer questions about our treatment of animals. Chapters are linked to readings illustrative of each approach, and students are encouraged to think critically about the writings of such authors as Peter Singer, Tom Regan and Mary Midgley for themselves. By the end of the book students will be able to: understand and evaluate for themselves arguments about our treatment of animals confidently and critically discuss ethical theories and relate them to practical examples appraise the writings of key thinkers who have influenced thinking about our treatment of animals Key features of the book also include clear activities and exercises so that students can monitor their progress through the book; chapter summaries and guides to further reading. Ethics, Humans and Other Animals is a superb introduction to clear thinking about our treatment of animals. It will be of interest to students of philosophy and applied ethics, social policy, and Critical Thinking. 'The text is quite admirable and Rosalind Hursthouse, as expected, is wonderfully clear. It is in many ways the best introductory ethics text I have ever seen.' - Harlan B. Miller, Virginia Tech 'Rosalind Hursthouse's new book is impressive, interesting, thorough and clearly-written. Her exercises and other aids to students are exemplary.' - Timothy Chappell, University of Dundee 'This is an excellent discussion of the ethical issues surrounding the treatment of animals by humans.' - Anne Thomson, University of East Anglia.

Author Bio

Rosalind Hursthouse is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements 1. The utilitarian defence of animals 2. Criticizing Singer 3. Differences between humans and animals 4. The rights-based defence of animals 5. Midgley's approach: for and against speciesism 6. The virtue ethics defence of animals Readings: 1. 'Equality for Animals?' Peter Singer 2. 'The Case for Animal Rights' Tom Regan 3. 'Equality, Women and Animals' Mary Midgley 4. 'The Significance of Species' Mary Midgley 5. 'The Moral Status of Animals' Roger Scruton 6. 'On the Side of the Animals, Some Contemporary Philosophers' Views' RSPCA Information Revision Test Answers to exercises Answers to revision test Bibliography Index