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The Animal Rights Debate : Point/Counterpoint: Philosophers Debate Contemporary Issues - Carl Cohen

The Animal Rights Debate

Point/Counterpoint: Philosophers Debate Contemporary Issues

Paperback Published: 26th June 2001
ISBN: 9780847696635
Number Of Pages: 336

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Do all animals have rights? Is it morally wrong to use mice or dogs in medical research, or rabbits and cows as food? How ought we resolve conflicts between the interests of humans and those of other animals? Philosophical inquiry is essential in addressing such questions; the answers given must have enormous practical importance. Here for the first time in the same volume, the animal rights debate is argued deeply and fully by the two most articulate and influential philosophers representing the opposing camps. Each makes his case in turn to the opposing case. The arguments meet head on: Are we humans morally justified in using animals as we do? A vexed and enduring controversy here receives its deepest and most eloquent exposition.

A tour de force of brilliant debate. No other 'seeing the issues from both sides' book comes close to this one in the sustained power of argumentation and in its thorough canvassing of the issues surrounding everything that might be said about the ethical treatment of animals. Quite simply, the best book of its kind.--Sidney Gendin, Eastern Michigan University

Prefacep. vii
In Defense of the Use of Animals
The Moral Problem of Animal Usep. 3
The Factual Setting of Animal Experimentationp. 11
Rights and Interestsp. 17
If Animals Had Rightsp. 21
Why Animals Do Not Have Rightsp. 27
Why Animals Are Mistakenly Believed to Have Rightsp. 41
The Moral Inequality of Species: Why "Speciesism" Is Rightp. 59
Spurious Scientific Arguments against the Use of Animalsp. 69
What Good Does Animal Experimentation Do?p. 85
The Proven Accomplishments of Animal Researchp. 119
The Case for Animal Rights
From Indifference to Advocacyp. 127
Animal Exploitationp. 135
The Nature and Importance of Rightsp. 151
Indirect Duty Viewsp. 157
Direct Duty Viewsp. 175
Human Rightsp. 191
Animal Rightsp. 207
Reply to Tom Reganp. 223
Reply to Carl Cohenp. 263
Indexp. 311
About the Authorsp. 323
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ISBN: 9780847696635
ISBN-10: 0847696634
Series: Point/Counterpoint: Philosophers Debate Contemporary Issues
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th June 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.94  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.43