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Animals, Rights and Reason in Plutarch and Modern Ethics - Stephen T. Newmyer

Animals, Rights and Reason in Plutarch and Modern Ethics

Hardcover Published: 16th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415240468
Number Of Pages: 160

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This groundbreaking volume explores Plutarch's unique survival in the argument that animals are rational and sentient, and that we, as humans, must take notice of their interests.

Exploring Plutarch's three animal-related treatises, as well as passages from his ethical treatises, Stephen Newmyer examines arguments that, strikingly, foreshadow those found in the works of such prominent animal rights philosophers as Peter Singer and Tom Regan.

Unique in viewing Plutarch's opinions not only in the context of ancient philosophical and ethical through, but also in its place in the history of animal rights speculation, Animals Rights and Reasons points out how remarkably Plutarch differs from such anti-animal thinkers as the Stoics.

Classicists, philosophers, animal-welfare students and interested readers will all find this book an invaluable and informative addition to their reading.

Introduction : the ancients and the modernsp. 1
The nature of the beast : the search for animal rationalityp. 10
Just beasts : animal morality and human justicep. 48
Feeling beastly : pain, pleasure and the animal estatep. 66
Beauty in the beast : cooperation, altruism and philanthropy among animalsp. 76
Animal appetites : vegetarianism and human moralityp. 85
Conclusionp. 103
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ISBN: 9780415240468
ISBN-10: 0415240468
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 16th December 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1