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Ethics, Humans and Other Animals: An Introduction with Readings (Philosophy and the Human Situation) [Hardcover]

Rosalind Hursthouse
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November 7, 2000 0415212413 978-0415212410 1
This introductory textbook is ideally suited to newcomers to philosophy and ethical problems.
Rosalind Hursthouse carefully introduces the three standard approaches in current ethical theory: utilitarianism, rights, and virtue ethics. She links each chapter to readings from key exponents such as Peter Singer and Mary Midgley and asks students to think critically about these readings for themselves.
Key features include clear activities and activities, chapter summaries and guides to further reading.

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

About the Author

Rosalind Hursthouse is Professor of Philosophy at the Open University. She is the author of On Virtue Ethics (OUP 1999) and editor of Virtues and Reasons (OUP 1998).

Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy and the Human Situation
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415212413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415212410
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,716,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a philosophical "workbook" and skill-builder December 3, 2002
This isn't so much a book as a "how-to" manual for learning how to do philosophy. She gives you some readings and gives you exercises that ensure that you have carefully and *charitably* read them, identified the arguments, etc. Anyone who seriously worked through this book would become a very careful and critical thinker.
The selections from Singer and Regan are good (although she could have picked better, I think) but the other selections from Midgley and Scrutin aren't so great. They strike me as somewhat obscure and the space would have been better spent with more "standard" anti-animal/pro-status quo writings. If a 2nd edition of the book were changed in that way, it'd be a lot better.
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