In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier / Edition 1

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Have humans been sharing the planet with other intelligent life for millions of years without realizing it? This timely and important book considers the answers and implications, and encourages humans to reconsider our treatment of the species with which we share the earth.

In this thought-provoking account, White relies on his more than fifteen year journey to understand the nature of dolphins, an odyssey that took him from the classroom to the center of the ocean. With a growing body of research supporting the sophisticated cognitive and emotional capacities of dolphins, important questions concerning their ethical treatment have arisen. Rich with engaging first-hand accounts, In Defense of Dolphins combines accessible science and philosophy, surveying the latest research on dolphin intelligence and social behavior, making a strong case for improving the moral status of dolphins, and advocating an end to their inhumane treatment.

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"Everyone who is interested in Cetaceans and respects them has to read this book." (Mammalia, 2011)

“This humbling book is a must-read for anyone who respects cetaceans and would like to step back from preconceived anthropocentric notions to learn more about these ‘people of the sea.’” (Animal Welfare Institute, June 2009)

"Thought-provoking … very readable and well laid out … (White) raises some important issues regarding the way we view other species."
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

“White is a distinguished, well-published philosopher…His book is clearly written, carefully reasoned, and easily read. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405157780
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Series: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Great Insight Into the World of Dolphins!

    I recently wrote a research paper on dolphin slaughtering. This book really help me because it provided in-depth knowledge about how dolphins think and act. It amazed me how caring these creatures are. I would recommend this book to anyone who is doing research on dolphins or is just interested in learning more about the fascinating creatures.

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