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Against Liberation: Putting Animals in Perspective Paperback – December 8, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0415103169 ISBN-10: 0415103169 Edition: Rev. pbk. ed

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Rev. pbk. ed edition (December 8, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415103169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415103169
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . for those genuinely interested in understanding the issues surrounding animal rights controversies, this book is a must read.
Choice

This is a well-argued book, deeply conversant with the literature on both sides of the debate, and accurate in its summary of varied opinions . . . . There is a clear need for this book, and it must be highly recommended for the sake of balanced presentation in an area of considerable acrimony.
Religious Studies Review

Leahy's exploration of the implications of Wittgenstein's philosophy for the animals issue is valuable and salutary.
Times Higher Education Supplement

. . . a useful addition to any collection on the ethics of animal use.
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About the Author

Michael P. T. Leahy is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent.

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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Morris on April 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I rate this book as two stars rather than one because the author has at least made an effort at producing a philosophical justification for his pro-exploitative position, however incoherently this is argued.
The author considers that it is the presence of language that give humans sufficient self awareness to have moral rights, and that all animals lack this awareness. The authors arguments are however incoherent, rambling and very hard to understand even for a reader such as myself with some understanding of philosophy.
The author displays woeful ignorance not only of recent studies into the philosophy of mind, but in modern linguistics - surprising for somebody whose arguments stand or fall on linguistic premises. The presence of language-less human adults (as recounted by Steven Pinker in "the language instinct")counters Leahey's arguments. Such humans presumably can be expoited at will according to Leahey's logic. Yet once these people had been taught language, all had a great deal to say about their experiences as languageless humans, and all showed that they had a high level of self awareness.
His arguments are not only rambling and incoherent, but often contradict themselves. When arguing for the continuation of fox hunting for example, the author uses the argument both that foxes are vermin that should be wiped out, and that hunting helps in the conservation of foxes! He is obviously confused.
If you want a book that will provide a well reasoned argument to continue with exploitative practices regarding animals, then I suggest you look elsewhere. In my opinion the philosophical case for animal liberation has been won. The best arguments against liberation come from Michael Fox and Roger Frey. And it should be noted that even these arguments failed to convince their authors as they later came over to the animal liberation side.
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51 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
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The arguments in this books are so illogical and unscholarly as to be laughable.
This book is best considered as a (unintentionally) satirical look at the position of those that put people first and practice speciesism by using animals for food, experimentation, etc. Michael Leahy is probably the kind of person that 150 years ago would have written a book defending the institution of slavery and opposing suffrage for women -- both pretty morally indefensible positions.
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
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Mr. Leahy is totally uneducated as to the philosophy behind those who work for the advocacy of animals. I'd recommend those interested in this subject to begin with Peter Singer's 'Animal Liberation'. Mr. Leahy's book solidifies my opinion that the animal research community is based on greed, greed, greed.
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23 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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Incoherent ramblings. I didn't learn anything other than those whose lives depend on animal slavery will do anything to protect their vested interests.
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29 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Stephen "Crimson" King on February 8, 2000
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Oh, ok, now I get it! It's ok to torture and murder animals because we're the masters of universe, and we are so important that we shouldn't even try to change things! Seriously...
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32 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2000
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This drab piece of literature is no more than a collection of contorted opinions that shows the true ignorance of our society regarding animal rights & welfare.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By -JP on September 1, 2014
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Well written text on the subject of animal "rights".
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24 of 41 people found the following review helpful By staci__@hotmail.com on January 12, 2000
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I can only find one point for this book and that is so the ignorant people have someone to relate to. No where in the author's incoherent ramblings did I find anything that even resembled a reasonable excuse for the mindless animal torturing to continue. This book, in my opinion is poorly reasearched and little is explained. I think it was a waste of time and money.
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