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The Animals Issue: Moral Theory in Practice [Paperback]

Peter Carruthers

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24 Sep 1992
Do animals have moral rights? In contrast to the philosophical gurus of the animal rights movement, whose opinion has held moral sway in recent years, Peter Carruthers here claims that they do not. He explores a variety of moral theories, arguing that animals lack direct moral significance. This provocative but judiciously argued book will appeal to all those interested in animal rights, whatever their initial standpoint. It will also serve as a lively introduction to ethics, demonstrating why theoretical issues in ethics actually matter.

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'Those interested in the issue of animal rights should read this book. Carruthers lays out the philosophical issues involved in the use of animals in medical research with clarity and sincerity. Anyone who cares about the trade-off between acquiring human knowledge to help cure disease and the use of animal for those purposes will enjoy new perspectives on the issue as a result of Carruthers' fascinating arguments.' Michael S. Gazzaniga, Dartmouth Medical School

'A highly intelligent and philosophically probing discussion of our obligations to other animal species.' Stephen L. Darwall, University of Michigan

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This provocative but judiciously argued book will appeal to all those interested in animal rights, serving as a lively introduction to ethics, and demonstrating why theoretical issues in ethics actually matter.

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The task of this book is to consider whether animals have moral standings - that is, whether they have rights that we may infringe by killing them or causing them suffering, or whether there is some other way in which we have direct moral duties towards them. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rejection of animal rights according to contractualism 13 Jan 1997
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Carruthers arrives at a conclusion which a lot of people will not like, while a lot of others
will be satisfied: carefully arguing with precise logic on the
basis of Rawls's contractualism, Carruthers concludes that animals cannot have rights. An appreciation
of this kind of book depends a lot on the reader's initial standpoint in the matter, but the least
one can say is that the book is well written, even if one doesn't share the
author's opinion. However, "The animals issue" would have been better and more credible if the author had left out his
last chapter, in which he hypothesizes that animals do not have consciousness.
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