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The Animals Issue: Moral Theory in Practice Hardcover – September 25, 1992

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ISBN-13: 978-0521430920 ISBN-10: 0521430925

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"A highly intelligent and philosophically probing discussion of our obligations to other animal species." Stephen L. Darwall, University of Michigan

"Those interested in the issue of animal rights should read this book. Carruthers lays out the philosophical issues involved in the use of animals in medical research with clarity and sincerity. Anyone who cares about the trade off between acquiring human knowledge to help cure disease and the use of animals for those purposes will enjoy new perspectives on the issue as the result of Carruthers' fascinating arguments." Michael S. Gazzaniga, Dartmouth Medical School

"...I would urge moral philosophers, especially those that are friends of the animals, to read this book. It has many strengths and a number of interesting discussions I have not been able to mention. The case against the animals is not likely ever to be more cogently made out." Harlan B. Miller, Philosophical Books

Book Description

Do animals have moral rights? In contrast to the philosophical gurus of the animal rights movement, whose opinion has held moral sway in recent years, this ethical exploration claims that they do not, from the perspective of "contractualism".

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521430925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521430920
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,297,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
Carruthers arrives at a conclusion which a lot of people will not like, while a lot of others
will be satisfied: carefully arguing with precise logic on the
basis of Rawls's contractualism, Carruthers concludes that animals cannot have rights. An appreciation
of this kind of book depends a lot on the reader's initial standpoint in the matter, but the least
one can say is that the book is well written, even if one doesn't share the
author's opinion. However, "The animals issue" would have been better and more credible if the author had left out his
last chapter, in which he hypothesizes that animals do not have consciousness.
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