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The Animal Rights Debate

The Animal Rights Debate

Paperback Point/Counterpoint: Philosophers Debate Contemporary Issues

By (author) Carl Cohen, By (author) Tom Regan

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  • Publisher: ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 229mm x 18mm | 468g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0847696634
  • ISBN 13: 9780847696635
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,332,817

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Do all animals have rights? Is it morally wrong to use mice or dogs in medical research, or rabbits and cows as food? How ought we resolve conflicts between the interests of humans and those of other animals? Philosophical inquiry is essential in addressing such questions; the answers given must have enormous practical importance. Here for the first time in the same volume, the animal rights debate is argued deeply and fully by the two most articulate and influential philosophers representing the opposing camps. Each makes his case in turn to the opposing case. The arguments meet head on: Are we humans morally justified in using animals as we do? A vexed and enduring controversy here receives its deepest and most eloquent exposition.

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Carl Cohen is professor of philosophy at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tom Regan is professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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A fascinating treatise ... [that] appeals primarily to students and animal rights proponents. Publishers Weekly The volume should be in the library of any school where philosophy is taught or animal research conducted, that is, in nearly every academic library. CHOICE Tom Regan is without doubt the world's greatest defender of the rights of animals. Carl Cohen is one of Regan's notable critics. Here, between the pages of a single volume, are important new contributions from each of these authors. The resulting text isrequired reading for everyone interested in this critical issue... -- Gary Comstock, Iowa State University The book would make an ideal main text in a seminar on animals, ethics, and science for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in philosophy, biological sciences, experimental psychology, or the health-professions, including veterinary sciences. Journal Of The American Psychoanalytic Association The book is enormously entertaining, and both writers succeed in making it clear and simple. Radical Philosophy A tour de force of brilliant debate. No other 'seeing the issues from both sides' book comes close to this one in the sustained power of argumentation and in its thorough canvassing of the issues surrounding everything that might be said about the ethical treatment of animals. Quite simply, the best book of its kind. -- Sidney Gendin, Eastern Michigan University Tom Regan is without doubt the world's greatest defender of the rights of animals. Carl Cohen is one of Regan's notable critics. Here, between the pages of a single volume, are important new contributions from each of these authors. The resulting text is required reading for everyone interested in this critical issue. -- Gary Comstock, Iowa State University The two [Cohen and Regan] argue vigorously and write clearly, producing an engaging, accessible book. Ethics

Table of contents

Part 1 In Defense of the Use of Animals Chapter 2 The Moral Problem of Animal Use Chapter 3 The Factual Setting of Animal Experimentation Chapter 4 Rights and Interests Chapter 5 If Animals Had Rights Chapter 6 Why Animals Do Not Have Rights Chapter 7 Why Animals Are Mistakenly Believed to Have Rights Chapter 8 The Moral Inequality of Species: Why Speciesism Is Right Chapter 9 Spurious Scientific Arguments against the Use of Animals Chapter 10 What Good Does Animal Experimentation Do? Chapter 11 The Proven Accomplishments of Animal Research Part 12 The Case for Animal Rights Chapter 13 From Indifference to Advocacy Chapter 14 Animal Exploitation Chapter 15 The Nature and Importance of Rights Chapter 16 Indirect Duty Views Chapter 17 Direct Duty Views Chapter 18 Human Rights Chapter 19 Animal Rights Chapter 20 Reply to Tom Regan Chapter 21 Reply to Carl Cohen