on 12 December 2008
Too many books on the area of animal morality require a pickaxe in order to find the gold of the arguments hidden far beneath the ramblings of bias, pointless tangents and endless case examples. On the other hand, other books and articles on the subject often presume sound knowledge of the basic arguments for and against animal morality and are thus difficult to make sense of. This book was an excellent aid in providing clearly and logically, the basic arguments every philosopher and animal rights enthusiast needs to know. The book can be read cover to cover as a survey by DeGrazia, or it can be used to pinpoint and pick out certain aspects and arguments thanks to DeGrazia's straightforward layout. It is certainly an excellent starting point for anyone getting to grips with the nitty-gritty of animal morality. DeGrazia makes reference to a wide range of very useful landmark books and articles which are perfect for following on from everything the book covers. This book has been an invaluable aid to my studies in this fascinating subject
on 19 August 2001
I read this book while studying philosophy at Cambridge.It has a fluent and engaging analytical style, without the usual implicitly emotional basis of other offerings. However, having been exposed to the graphic and uncompromising stupidity of the compassionate (meat eating) vets and moral ethics crew in college ,i realised a very important point concerning this book.Moral precepts are preceded by established behaviour.Therefore, in most, but not all cases, a rationalisation will be found to justify the behaviour and not vice-versa.This leaves any aspiring Veggy Pankhurst more informed but still unable to establish a coherent argument that can withstand the impregnability of idiology. Still,altogether an informative and necessarily challenging set of points that are a well needed addition to veggy ethics.