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The Animals Issue : Moral Theory in Practice - Peter Carruthers

The Animals Issue

Moral Theory in Practice

Paperback Published: 23rd November 1992
ISBN: 9780521436892
Number Of Pages: 224

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Do animals have moral rights? In contrast to the philosophical gurus of the animal rights movement, whose opinion has held moral sway in recent years, Peter Carruthers here claims that they do not. He explores a variety of moral theories, arguing that animals lack direct moral significance. This provocative but judiciously argued book will appeal to all those interested in animal rights, whatever their initial standpoint. It will also serve as a lively introduction to ethics, demonstrating why theoretical issues in ethics actually matter.

'Those interested in the issue of animal rights should read this book. Carruthers lays out the philosophical issues involved in the use of animals in medical research with clarity and sincerity. Anyone who cares about the trade-off between acquiring human knowledge to help cure disease and the use of animal for those purposes will enjoy new perspectives on the issue as a result of Carruthers' fascinating arguments.' Michael S. Gazzaniga, Dartmouth Medical School 'A highly intelligent and philosophically probing discussion of our obligations to other animal species.' Stephen L. Darwall, University of Michigan

Preface
Moral argument and moral theory
Utilitarianism and contractualism
Utilitarianism and animal suffering
Utilitarianism and the harm of killing
Contractualism and animals
Animals and rational agency
Contractualism and character
Animals and conscious experience
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521436892
ISBN-10: 0521436893
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 23rd November 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.59  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.24