The Animal Rights Debate

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2001 - Nature - 323 pages
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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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I was rather disappointed in this book. I have very little prior experience with this topic, and this book was my primary entree to it; for that purpose, I suppose that the book did its job. I feel ... Read full review

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User Review  - Edward - Goodreads

The best animal rights philosopher dukes it out with the best (?) anti-animal rights philosopher. It is just obvious that Regan makes a better case. Read full review

Contents

The Moral Problem of Animal Use
3
The Factual Setting of Animal Experimentation
11
Rights and Interests
17
If Animals Had Rights
21
Why Animals Do Not Have Rights
27
Why Animals Are Mistakenly Believed to Have Rights
41
The Moral Inequality of Species Why Speciesism Is Right
59
Spurious Scientific Arguments against the Use of Animals
69
Animal Exploitation
135
The Nature and Importance of Rights
151
Indirect Duty Views
157
Direct Duty Views
175
Human Rights
191
Animal Rights
207
REPLY TO TOM REGAN
223
REPLY TO CARL COHEN
263

What Good Does Animal Experimentation Do?
85
The Proven Accomplishments of Animal Research
119
From Indifference to Advocacy
127
Index
311
About the Authors
323
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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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