Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature

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"Morality's Progress is the summation of nearly three decades of work by a leading figure in environmental ethics and bioethics. The twenty-two papers here are invigoratingly diverse, but together tell a unified story about various aspects of the morality of our relationships to animals and to nature. Jamieson's direct and accessible essays will convince sceptics that thinking about these relations offers great intellectual reward, and his work here sets a challenging, controversial agenda for the future."
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"All of his articles...exhibit a commendable clarity of writing, close argumentation and an accessible style...Jamieson's book challenges both the philosopher and the non-philosopher to explore what is involved in a consistent set of beliefs about how humans relate to animals and nature. He often shows that this consistency takes us to conclusions that many of us will be uncomfortable with...Whether or not we fully agree with him on what constitutes morality's progress, his book certainly constitutes progress in our understanding of morality." —Peter G. Woolcock, Biology and Philosophy

"[T]he book is important because it is full of compassion and ethical insight. From a methodological point of view, the book is interesting both because of its readability and because it offers a window on how a 'philosophically naturalist, morally consequentialist, and metaethically constructivist' person might do practical ethics...Because Jamieson's book relies on his rich understanding of a wealth of literature, he is able to bring new arguments for animal liberation out of old texts that others may have misread or left unread... because of his blend of philosophical argument, insight, and good prose, Jamieson's volume is one to be enjoyed by students, philosophy professors, animal-rights activists, and thoughtful policymakers." —Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Dale Jamieson has produced ground-breaking work over several decades...Jamieson's work constitutes a significant contribution to both the theory and practice of environmental ethics."—Hallvard Lillehammer, Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences

"Jamieson's style of philosophical analysis...combines commonsense thinking and rigid philosophical analysis and is scientifically informed...his philosophical essays are exceptionally accessible to and interesting for philosophers and non-philosophers alike. In brief, what one may expect of environmental ethics at its best."—Markuu Oksanen, Environmental Values

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199251445
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy and Affiliated Professor of Law at New York University.

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Table of Contents

1 Morality's Progress 1
2 Is Applied Ethics Worth Doing? 27
3 Great Apes and the Human Resistance to Equality 47
4 Science, Knowledge, and Animal Minds 52
5 On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology 71
6 Cognitive Ethology at the End of Neuroscience 87
7 Pain and the Evolution of Behaviour 97
8 On the Ethics of the Use of Animals in Science 103
9 Experimenting on Animals: A Reconsideration 140
10 Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognition 152
11 Against Zoos 166
12 Zoos Revisited 176
13 Wild/Captive and Other Suspect Dualisms 190
14 Animal Liberation is an Environmental Ethic 197
15 Ecosystem Health: Some Preventive Medicine 213
16 Values in Nature 225
17 The City around Us 244
18 Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming 282
19 Global Environmental Justice 296
20 Discourse and Moral Responsibility in Biotechnical Communication 308
21 Sustainability and Beyond 321
22 Afterword: Child of the Sixties 335
References 343
Index 367
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