Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? / Edition 1

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"Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? provides a guidebook to examining our social and personal ethical beliefs. It takes us through concepts of property and equal consideration to arrive at the basic contention of animal rights: that everyone - human and non-human - has the right not to be treated as a means to an end. Along the way, it illuminates concepts and theories that all of us use but few of us understand - the nature of "rights" and "interests," for example, and the theories of Locke, Descartes, and Bentham." "Filled with fascinating information and cogent arguments, this is a book that you may love or hate, but that will never fail to inform, enlighten, and educate."--BOOK JACKET.
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Library Journal
Well written, passionately argued, and clearly reasoned, this book still suffers from one major flaw: na vet . While no one can argue that there are problems with the way our society views and treats animals, specifically the status of animals as property, Francione expresses the common animal-rights position that every use of animals--whether for medical testing, entertainment, or even consumption--is immoral or inherently wrong. Taking on Descartes, Locke, Jeremy Bentham, and even Peter Singer (known by many for Animal Liberation, long considered a foundation text for the animal-rights movement), Francione argues that animals can only be considered as having moral status or as being things--there is no other choice. While his argument may well have some validity, the status of animals in our society (and beyond) is more like a compromise between the two. Recommended for larger animal-rights collections.--Alicia Graybill, Lincoln City Libs., NE Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566396929
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 850,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xix
1 The Diagnosis: Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals 1
2 Vivisection: A Trickier Question 31
3 The Cause of Our Moral Schizophrenia: Animals as Property 50
4 The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration 81
5 Robots, Religion, and Rationality 103
6 Having Our Cow and Eating Her Too: Bentham's Mistake 130
7 Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? 151
Appendix Twenty Questions (and Answers) 167
Notes 189
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    Wonderful informational book

    This is a wonderful informational book about how animal rights now a days came to be and how we treat all animals, meanwhile being fair with the people who don't support or otherwise don't understand our animal loving ways. I highly recommend this book to all vegetarians, animal lovers and all people interested in getting started with the animal rights movement. Very great way to support your animal loving ways and still sound intelligent!

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