Without a Tear: Our Tragic Relationship with Animals / Edition 1

Without a Tear: Our Tragic Relationship with Animals / Edition 1

by Mark H. Bernstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252071980

ISBN-13: 9780252071980

Pub. Date: 06/04/2004

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

In Without a Tear Mark H. Bernstein begins with one of our most common and cherished moral beliefs: that it is wrong to intentionally and gratuitously inflict harm on the innocent. Over the course of the book, he shows how this apparently innocuous commitment requires that we drastically revise many of our most common practices involving nonhuman…  See more details below

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In Without a Tear Mark H. Bernstein begins with one of our most common and cherished moral beliefs: that it is wrong to intentionally and gratuitously inflict harm on the innocent. Over the course of the book, he shows how this apparently innocuous commitment requires that we drastically revise many of our most common practices involving nonhuman animals.

Most people who write about our ethical obligations concerning animals base their arguments on emotional appeals or contentious philosophical assumptions; Bernstein, however, argues from reasons but carries little theoretical baggage. He considers the issues in a religious context, where he finds that Judaism in particular has the resources to ground moral obligations to animals. Without a Tear also makes novel use of feminist ethics to add to the case for drawing animals more closely into our ethical world.

Bernstein details the realities of factory farms, animal-based research, and hunting fields, and contrasting these chilling facts with our moral imperatives clearly shows the need for fundamental changes to some of our most basic animal institutions. Encountering the tightly argued, provocative claims in Without a Tear will be an eye-opening experience for animal lovers, scholars, and people of good faith everywhere.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252071980
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/04/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1The principles of gratuitous suffering7
2The value of humans and the value of animals40
3The holocaust of factory farming92
4Hunting116
5Animal experimentation129
6The law and animals150
7Women and animals161

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