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Defending animal rights
Regan, Tom.
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2001]

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xii, 179 pages ; 24 cm
Ethical theory and animals -- Animal liberation : what's in a name? -- The case for animal rights : a decade's passing -- Mapping human rights -- Putting people in their place -- Patterns of resistance -- Understanding animal rights violence -- Ivory towers should not a prison make -- Work, hypocrisy, and integrity.
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More than a contest of wills representing professional and economic interests, the animal rights debate is also and enduring topic in normative ethical theory. 'Defending Animal Rights' addresses the key isues in this sometimes acrimonious debate.

Author Notes

Tom Regan is professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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This is a collection of essays, each with bibliographic notes, written by the foremost champion among philosophers of the view that nonhuman animals possess moral rights. All of the essays deal with ethical issues and most concern animal welfare; three of the nine essays have not been published previously. All were written within the past ten years, so the volume offers the reader familiar with earlier work by Regan (North Carolina State Univ.) an opportunity to see how his views have developed in the past decade. As always, Regan's philosophical style is characterized by clarity of expression and an emphasis on cogent argumentation. Some of the questions investigated are "What is the difference between animal welfare and animal rights?" "Do persons (as compared to nonpersons) occupy a unique and superior moral status?" "Do all persons possess moral rights?" "Can violence in support of animal rights be morally justified?" "Do ethicists have an obligation to be advocates for change?" and "Are employees of a corporation or institution that they believe engages in unethical behavior necessarily either hypocrites or lacking in integrity?" This volume is recommended for schools that offer an undergraduate major or graduate specialization in philosophy and for institutions that house centers for biomedical or research ethics. H. Pospesel University of Miami

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
1. Ethical Theory and Animalsp. 1
2. Animal Liberation: What's in a Name?p. 28
3. The Case for Animal Rights: A Decade's Passingp. 39
4. Mapping Human Rightsp. 66
5. Putting People in Their Placep. 85
6. Patterns of Resistancep. 106
7. Understanding Animal Rights Violencep. 139
8. Ivory Towers Should Not a Prison Makep. 150
9. Work, Hypocrisy, and Integrityp. 164
Indexp. 177