Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice / Edition 2

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Overview

This book defends the novel position that certain ideas deriving from the social contract tradition in philosophy - the tradition which sees moral rights as deriving from implicit agreements between individuals - can be used to justify the claim that our obligations to them are far more substantial than we commonly think. Critiquing the rival accounts of writers such as Peter Singer and Tom Regan, this groundbreaking book shows how an influential form of the social contact idea can be used to make sense of and justify the concept of animal rights.
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Defends the novel position that certain ideas deriving from the social contract tradition in philosophy--the tradition which sees moral rights as deriving from implicit agreements between individuals--can be used to justify the claim that our obligations to non-human animals are more substantial than we commonly think. Argues that at least some kinds of non-human animals are bearers of moral rights, and critiques accounts of writers such as Peter Singer and Tom Regan. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230219458
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK ROWLANDS is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and author of ten books including Animals Like Us (2002), The Philosopher at the End of the Universe (2003), The Nature of Consciousness (2001) and Body Language (2006).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Animal Rights: a Contractarian Defence 1
2 Arguing for One's Species 12
3 Liberalism and the Expanding Circle 31
4 Utilitarianism and Animals: Peter Singer's Case for Animal Liberation 62
5 Tom Regan: Animal Rights as Natural Rights 87
6 Contractarianism and Animal Rights 120
7 Animal Minds 159
Notes 184
Index 190
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