In Search of Consistency introduces the most important ideas in animal ethics and builds on a critical dialogue emerging at the intersection of animal rights, environmental ethics, and religious studies. In Search of Consistency examines the work of influential scholars Tom Regan (animal rights), Peter Singer (utilitarian ethics), Andrew Linzey (theologian), and Paul Taylor (environmental ethics), and explores ethics and animals across six world religions (Indigenous faiths, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam).
In Search of Consistency sheds light on 'the sanctity of life' by means of an intriguing moral theory, 'The Minimize Harm Maxim', rooted in the time-honoured moral ideals of impartiality and consistency. In Search of Consistency questions what it means to be human and challenges our assumed place in the universe.
"Kemmerer constantly reminds us that ethics is to be lived as well as thought about. Thought without actions is useless, but action without thought is blind. This book is a bright light."
- Michael Becker
"[...] worth every penny and then some! It is never for a moment boring. The author has created something of lasting value [...]"
- Norm Phelps
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Lisa Kemmerer is an Assistant Professor at Montana State U., Billings, (Reed; MTS, Harvard; Ph.D., University of Glasgow, Scotland). Her recent publications focus on animals and ethics; she has produced two documentaries on Buddhism. An artist, activist, and adventurer, Kemmerer has traveled extensively.