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By: Julian H Franklin
151 pages, no illustrations
Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy begins by considering the utilitarian argument on equal respect for animals (Peter Singer) and the rights approach (Tom Regan). Despite their merits, both are found wanting as theoretical foundations for animal rights. Franklin also examines the ecofeminist argument for an ethics of care and several rationalist arguments before concluding that Kant's categorical imperative can be expanded to form a basis for an ethical system that includes all sentient beings. He also considers theories of compassion as applied to animals, including Albert Schweitzer's "ethics of reverence for life," and the last chapter discusses conflicts of rights between animals and humans where the rights of each could be legitimate.
Franklin (emer. Columbia Univ.) has written a wonderful little book...Highly recommended. -- Choice " "Franklin's arguments are interesting, detailed and original... a worthy addition to the animal rights literature." -- Michael Allen Fox, Philosophy in Review "It will be of greatest value to those of a Kantian bent who seek arguments to support animal rights." -- Frank Schalow, Environmental Values
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