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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415775396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415775397
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first edition of The Animal Ethics Reader was an important contribution to the development of courses in animal ethics. This new, improved edition will make an even more important contribution.  Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, New York University

The Animal Ethics Reader is required reading for students and scholars in Human-Animal Studies and for interested individuals who want to deepen their understanding of our complex and contradictory relationship with animals.  Kim W. Stallwood, Animals and Society Institute

The Animal Ethics Reader offers an invaluable source, and establishes animal ethics and animal law philosophy as a serious academic subject.  Erwin Lengauer and Regina Binder, Vienna inter-university research group on animal ethics.   

Praise for the First Edition:

This ambitious anthology is a welcome resource for the study of the ethical issues of human interactions with other animals. The editors have provided a volume that covers a wide and diverse range of topics and points of view.  Anthrozoos, 18 (4) 2005

About the Author

Susan J. Armstrong is Professor of Philosophy at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She has taught environmental ethics with Prof. Richard G. Botzler since l983. Her dissertation "The Rights of Nonhuman Beings: A Whiteheadian Study" (1976) is considered to be the first dissertation written on environmental ethics. (Available online at www.humboldt.edu/~phil/susan.html). Susan is a member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Ethics. She has written a number of articles and book chapters on process philosophy and recently co-edited The Animal Ethics Reader (Routledge 2003) with Richard G. Botzler. She was nominated for Outstanding Professor in l989 and 2002.

Richard G. Botzler is Professor Emeritus at Humboldt State University and coauthor of "Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence" (2003). He taught the two courses that inspired this book: Principles of Wildlife Diseases and Advanced Topics in Wildlife Diseases. Richard N. Brown is Professor of Wildlife at Humboldt State University, where he teaches courses on wildlife diseases.

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Had to read it for part of a course. Really easy to read (mostly), and also surprisingly, really interesting too!
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HASH(0x8d7b6c84) out of 5 stars Such a great book 16 Mar. 2012
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I bought this book for an Animal Ethics class I was taking and I kept it. The stories in this book are so moving and really make you think about what we are doing and how that directly and indirectly affects that other animals that live on this planet.
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A wonderfully complete series of articles by well-know and respected authors that summarizes contemporary theories and issues that deal with the moral status of animals Slowly but surely I see a movement towards a theory of moral standing that is based on Darwinian principles that gives animals of the various taxonomic classes incremental moral standing as the physical , mental and emotional capacities become ever so sophisticated and relevant. The old, one size fits al theories, proposed in the 70's and 80's by Regan and Singer are no longer adequate. A model of incremental moral standing and therefore increasing levels of moral protection as one goes up the evolutionary ladder is sound both biologically and philosophically.
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This book is an extensive look at the subject which looks at philosophical underpinnings and is also a great reference.
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HASH(0x8d8918dc) out of 5 stars Got it in time, in good condition, fairly cheap 3 Sept. 2013
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Exactly what I needed for my summer course! Twelve more words are needed to finish this review. La di da.
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