- Series: Oxford Paperbacks
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (October 28, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192861298
- ISBN-13: 978-0192861290
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism (Oxford Paperbacks) Reissue Edition
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About the Author
About the Author:
James Rachels is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of The End of Life and The Elements of Moral Philosophy.
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I hoped to get another perspective on Darwin, a gentle and fascinating man, but not a great deal more. The author's mission--to derive the moral meaning of natural selection--was quite ambitious. No one had been able to accomplish much in that regard in the century and a half since The Origin was published. And I was concerned that the author was a philosophy professor. Over the years, I have found it very difficult to make any sense of things written by philosophers, especially those who had worked most of their lives in academic settings.
So I was greatly surprised to find this book to be a lucid and thoughtful discussion that progressed in an orderly way from a discussion of Darwin's life and findings to the ethical implications of those findings and an analysis of how "exceptional" humans are compared to non-human animals and finally to down-to-earth examples of what all this means for our treatment of animals.
This book would be a good read for anyone who is just interested in Darwin and his work. For anyone who is interested in more profound issues about what natural selection means for our everyday treatment of animals and our proper place on this planet, it is an invaluable contribution.