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

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Overview

Have humans been sharing the planet with other intelligent life for millions of years without realizing it? In Defense of Dolphins combines accessible science and philosophy, surveying the latest research on dolphin intelligence and social behavior, to advocate for their ethical treatment.

  • Encourages a reassessment of the human-dolphin relationship, arguing for an end to the inhuman treatment of dolphins
  • Written by an expert philosopher with almost twenty-years of experience studying dolphins
  • Combines up-to-date research supporting the sophisticated cognitive and emotional capacities of dolphins with entertaining first-hand accounts
  • Looks at the serious questions of intelligent life, ethical treatment, and moral obligation
  • Engaging and thought-provoking
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Editorial Reviews

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

"An interesting read which raises some important issues regarding the way we view other species … [A] thought-provoking book." (Animal Welfare, May 2008)

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

"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)

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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)

Meet the Author

Thomas I. White, Ph.D. is the Hilton Professor of Business Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is also the Scientific Advisor to the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1974, and he taught at Upsala College and Rider University in New Jersey before moving to California. In addition to numerous scholarly articles on a variety of philosophical topics, he is the author of Right and Wrong, Discovering Philosophy, Business Ethics and Men and Women at Work (with Katherine Kearney). Since 1990, he has observed and assisted with the research of Dr. Denise Herzing of the Wild Dolphin Project, a marine scientist who has been studying a community of wild Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas for more than 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Why does a philosopher study dolphins?.

1. Dolphins: The Philosophical Questions.

2. The Anatomy and Physiology of Living in the Water.

3. Do Dolphins Think and Feel?.

4. Can Dolphins Solve Problems and Understand Language?.

5. Dolphin Social Intelligence.

6. What Kind of Beings are Dolphins?.

7. Ethics and Human/Dolphin Contact.

Epilogue.

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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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