In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave
Wiley, Aug 26, 2005 - Philosophy - 264 pages
Bringing together new essays by philosophers and activists, In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave highlights the new challenges facing the animal rights movement.
What people are saying - Write a review
In Defense of Animals: The Second WaveUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Singer (bioethics, Princeton Univ.; Animal Liberation ) is widely considered to be the father of the animal rights movement. This collection, first published in 1985, revises some of the original ... Read full review
I found this book to be sheer bs. Very little emprirical evidence was presented to defend the arguments. Most of these arguments were based on emotion instead of evidence, philosophy instead of facts. Nothing concrete, nothing empirical, nothing logical. The book was also poorly researched; the researchers obviously cherry-picked the few sources that supported their claims and ignored any sources that challenged their pre-existing beliefs.
Furthermore, the book constantly mentions words like "liberty" and "rights". This is another huge problem. What is liberty? What are rights? Where did they come from? "Liberty" and "rights" are abstract concepts (i.e. they're not real, i.e. we made them up). Once again, all theoretical, nothing empirical.
Worst of all, the book is entirely agenda-driven, designed to prove a point. That's not the correct way to do research. In true research, the researcher must remain unbiased until he obtains his results. Unfortunately, this book is extremely biased. The "researchers" formed their conclusions before they even began conducting their research. The result: pure bs.