The Animal Ethics Reader

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Susan Jean Armstrong, Richard George Botzler
Routledge, 2008 - Nature - 646 pages

The second edition of The Animal Ethics Reader is the most current and comprehensive anthology of readings on the subject of animal ethics. Whilst keeping the best of the previous edition, the editors have updated readings to reflect ongoing developments and emerging issues like rehabilitation of oiled wildlife, human elephant interactions, and animal consciousness and emotion.

Classic and contemporary readings are arranged thematically, carefully presenting a balanced representation of the field as it stands, and include selections from leading experts in the field. Each chapter is introduced by the editors and study questions feature at the end.

The second edition also contains a new foreword by Bernard Rollin.

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Susan J. Armstrong is Professor of Philosophy at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She has taught environmental ethics with Prof. Richard G. Botzler since l983. Her dissertation "The Rights of Nonhuman Beings: A Whiteheadian Study" (1976) is considered to be the first dissertation written on environmental ethics. (Available online at Susan is a member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Ethics. She has written a number of articles and book chapters on process philosophy and recently co-edited The Animal Ethics Reader (Routledge 2003) with Richard G. Botzler. She was nominated for Outstanding Professor in l989 and 2002.

Richard G. Botzler is Professor Emeritus at Humboldt State University and coauthor of "Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence" (2003). He taught the two courses that inspired this book: Principles of Wildlife Diseases and Advanced Topics in Wildlife Diseases. Richard N. Brown is Professor of Wildlife at Humboldt State University, where he teaches courses on wildlife diseases.

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