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Ethics, Humans and Other Animals An Introduction with Readings

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By: Rosalind Hursthouse
266 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Routledge
Ethics, Humans and Other Animals
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About this book

An introductory textbook on the ethics of our treatment of animals. Written for the Open University but specially revised here for non-OU students, it introduces readers step by step to the skills required for thinking clearly about our treatment of animals. It is ideally suited to those confronting philosophy and ethical problems for the first time. With the beginner firmly in mind, each chapter introduces one of three standard approaches in ethical theory: utilitarianism, rights and virtue ethics.

Rosalind Hursthouse explains how each approach encourages us to think about our treatment of animals. Each chapter is then linked to a reading from a key exponent of each approach, such as Peter Singer, and asks students to think critically about the readings for themselves. The book aims to equip students with the key skills necessary for thinking about our treatment of animals.

By the end of the book students should be able to: understand and evaluate for themselves arguments about our treatment of animals; critically discuss some of the key approaches in ethical theory; and appraise the writings of key thinkers who have influenced thinking about our treatment of animals. Key features of the book also include activities and exercises so that students can monitor their progress, chapter summaries, and guides to further reading.

Contents

The utilitarian defence of animals; criticizing Singer; differences between humans and animals; the rights-based defence of animals; Midgley's approach - for and against speciesism; the virtue ethics defence of animals.

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Textbook
By: Rosalind Hursthouse
266 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Routledge
Media reviews

'Clear, insightful look at all sides of the argument about our treatment of animals.' - Sunday Times

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