OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192853608

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
David DeGrazia
Pages
144 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
110 x 173 mm
Pub date
Feb 2002
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Issues surrounding animal rights are of huge general interest, but are almost always presented in terms of a highly emotive, polarized debate between extremists
  • This book explores the reasoned arguments for and against animal rights of various kinds
  • Intellectually disciplined but highly accessible
  • Other books on the subject are either too scholarly or too polemical in their approach
  • Specific issues, such as animal research, the keeping of animals in zoos, meat-eating, and keeping pets, are dealt with individually

Do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand welfare? By presenting models for understanding animals' moral status and rights, and examining their mental lives and welfare, David DeGrazia explores the implications for how we should treat animals in connection with our diet, zoos, and research. Animal Rights distinguishes itself by combining intellectual rigour with accessibility, offering a distinct moral voice with a non-polemical tone. 

Index: 

Preface
1: Introduction to the Issues
2: The Moral Status of Animals
3: What Animals are Like
4: The Harms of Suffering, Confinement, and Death
5: Meat-Eating
6: Keeping Pets and Zoo Animals
7: Animal Research
8: Epilogue

About the author: 

David DeGrazia is Associate Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is the author of Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status (1996) and of numerous articles in philosophy and ethics journals He is also co-editor, with Thomas Mappes, of Biomedical Ethics (2001). Currently he is researching various topics at the intersection of personal identity theory and bioethics.

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