Animals and why They Matter

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University of Georgia Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 158 pages
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Animals and Why They Matter examines the barriers that our philosophical traditions have erected between human beings and animals and reveals that the too-often ridiculed subject of animal rights is an issue crucially related to such problems within the human community as racism, sexism, and age discrimination. Mary Midgley's profound and clearly written narrative is a thought-provoking study of the way in which the opposition between reason and emotion has shaped our moral and political ideas and the problems it has raised. Whether considering vegetarianism, women's rights, or the "humanity" of pets, this book goes to the heart of the question of why all animals matter.
  

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Contents

Foreword
7
Getting Animals in Focus
9
Competition is Real but Limited
19
Emotion Emotiveness and Sentimentality
33
Equality and Outer Darkness
65
Women Animals and Other Awkward Cases
74
Sentience and Social Claims
89
The Significance of Species
98
The Mixed Community
112
What is Anthropomorphism?
125
The Subjectivity and Consciousness of Animals
134
What Can Matter to Us?
144
Notes
146
Index
155
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Mary Midgley is the author of Beast and Man and Heart and Mind. She lives in Newcastle on Tyne, England.

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