In this fresh and comprehensive introduction to animal ethics, Lori Gruen weaves together poignant and provocative case studies with discussions of ethical theory, urging readers to engage critically and empathetically reflect on our treatment of other animals. In clear and accessible language, Gruen provides a survey of the issues central to human-animal relations and a reasoned new perspective on current key debates in the field. She analyses and explains a range of theoretical positions and poses challenging questions that directly encourage readers to hone their ethical reasoning skills and to develop a defensible position about their own practices. Her book will be an invaluable resource for students in a wide range of disciplines including ethics, environmental studies, veterinary science, women's studies, and the emerging field of animal studies and is an engaging account of the subject for general readers with no prior background in philosophy.Read more
- Provides key points of reference for discussion of ethical theories concerning the relationship between humans and animals
- Comprehensive approach to animal ethics, covering multiple perspectives, to aid readers' development of their ethical reasoning skills
- Includes studies of provocative cases to illustrate difficult ethical dilemmas
- A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011
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"....Ethics introduces readers to the many ways humans use animals, and to the schools of ethical thought that we can use to evaluate the morality of this use.... offer thought-provoking guidelines.... Gruen makes ethical arguments matter, even in situations that seem morally clear."
--Piper Hoffman, writer and attorney, Our Hen HouseSee more reviews
"Ethics and Animals: An Introduction is a fine introduction to a set of issues concerning the variety of ways that humans interact with, treat, and sometimes exploit non-human animals. While Gruen brings the resources of both empirical science and normative ethical theory to bear on the issues, her book is clearly written, non-technical, and suitable for a general audience, including students from a variety of disciplines, and the reference list provides excellent resources for further reading..."
--Justin Moss, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Avila University, Kansas City, MO, Metapsychology Online Reviews
"...Ethics and Animals is concise, clearly argued, and highly readable. It is more enjoyable and accessible than standard strictly academic prose.... Gruen, with deep intellectual honesty, manages to give a good presentation of the status quaestionis, updating readers on the focus of the debate. If the author aimed to show that the way in which humans treat animals in the contemporary world is mostly immoral, the objective was achieved."
--Carlos Naconecy, Oxford Centre, Journal of Animal Ethics
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521717731
- length: 246 pages
- dimensions: 248 x 175 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Why animals matter
2. The natural and the normative
3. Eating animals
4. Animal research
5. Dilemmas of captivity
6. Animals in the wild
7. Protecting animals.