In the debate about animal rights, biologists may feel threatened by criticism of their use of animals. They may also feel that philosophical discussion of animals is so abstract as to be meaningless. Furthermore, some would claim that a proper understanding of sociobiological theory about the origin of human ethical systems should make us very sceptical of the usefulness of moral theorizing. In "Biology, Ethics, and Animals" Rosemary Rodd brings philosophy and biology together to address this set of attitudes, and to illuminate the problem of what we can and should do to reform the way we treat other animals. She justifies ethical concern within a framework which is firmly based on evolutionary theory, and provides detailed discussion of practical situations in which ethical decisions have to be made. She seeks to foster communication rather than confrontation by writing in a style which looks for solutions to problems, rather than the attribution of blame. This work is intended for moral philosophers, biologists veterinarians and animal welfare workers.
`Rosemary Rodd is ... a formidably qualified person, and her book is correspondingly valuable.' Times Higher Education Supplement
`Any of the essays by Rosemary Rodd in Biology, Ethics, and Animals would make a valuable starting point for discussion.' New Scientist
`The great value of Rosemary Rodd's Biology, Ethics, and Animals ... is that it is by a biologically competent philosopher, or philosophically competent biologist ... Dr Rodd--who is also refreshingly sensible--steers a steady course, and there is much to be learned from her text' Expository Times
`it is a philosophical task that calls for a philosopher with a training in biology, or a biologist with a philosophical training. Such people are almost as rare as philosopher kings. Rosemary Rodd is such a formidably qualified person, and her book is correspondingly valuable.' John Benson, Times Higher Education Supplement
'This is a useful book that should be of interest to professionals in a variety of disciplines ... the book deserves a wide readership ... There is much to learn from these pages that will be of interest to all parties to the ongoing debate over animal rights.'
'an important, original and highly suggestive work ... an original and important addition to be an excellent addition to the literature on the moral status of animals ... It should prove to be an excellent addition to courses on ethics and animals, and should appeal to students in the natural sciences and allied professions.'
Denis G. Arnold, University of Minnesota, Teaching Philosophy, 15:4, December 1992
'the book is well worth its modest costs ... The writing is easy to read ... a significant contribution to understanding the ground shared by the biological verities and the philosophical concepts which confront people who venture into the field of animal ethics.'
K. Johnson, British Veterinary, 149, 5
'The most comprehensive and detailed study of the moral status of animals in biomedical experimentation on animals stands out because of its abundance of material and the variety of the aspects covered. It is furthermore convincing by dint of the attempt to present carefully balanced points of view, taking into account the legitimate interests of the animals, of scientific research, and of public oipinion. For all ... who are still in doubt, study of this
book is to be recommended.'
Philosophischer Literatiran Zeiger, Oct-Dec 1993