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Ethics and Animals
An Introduction


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  • Author: Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521888998

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  • In this comprehensive introduction to animal ethics, Lori Gruen weaves together poignant and provocative case studies with discussions of ethical theory, urging readers to engage critically and empathetically reflect on our treatment of other animals. In clear and accessible language, Gruen provides a survey of the issues central to human-animal relations and a reasoned new perspective on current key debates in the field. She analyses and explains a range of theoretical positions and poses challenging questions that directly encourage readers to hone their ethical reasoning skills and to develop a defensible position about their own practices. Her book will be an invaluable resource for students in a wide range of disciplines including ethics, environmental studies, veterinary science, women's studies, and the emerging field of animal studies and is an engaging account of the subject for general readers with no prior background in philosophy.

    • Provides key points of reference for discussion of ethical theories concerning the relationship between humans and animals
    • Comprehensive approach to animal ethics, covering multiple perspectives, to aid readers' development of their ethical reasoning skills
    • Includes studies of provocative cases to illustrate difficult ethical dilemmas
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Ethics and Animals is a work of exceptional clarity and intelligence, and it is hard to imagine how it could be surpassed as a concise introduction to the competing philosophical approaches that underpin contemporary animal protection.' Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

    'Ethics and Animals is a wonderfully readable introduction to the range of issues that come under that heading. Lori Gruen is not only a fine philosopher, but also a person with genuine empathy for animals, and the ability to express that in writing.' Peter Singer, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521888998
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Why animals matter
    2. The natural and the normative
    3. Eating animals
    4. Animal research
    5. Dilemmas of captivity
    6. Animals in the wild
    7. Protecting animals.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Animals & Society
    • Animals, Persons, and Ethics
    • Animals: Friends to Food
    • Are We Eating Good Food?
    • Biomedical Engineering Ethics
    • Development of Modern English
    • Eating Right: Animals and Ethics
    • English and Its Development
    • Environmental Ethics and Policy
    • Ethical Problems
    • Ethics and Animals
    • Ethics of Animal Use
    • Food and Justice
    • Food, Animals, & The Environment
    • Historical Development of the English Language
    • History of the English Language (a graduate seminar)
    • Philosophy and Contemporary Issues
    • Religious Ethics and Social Issues
    • The English Language: Historical Linguistics and the History of English
    • The History of the English Language
    • The Story of English: past, present and future
    • Writing, Research, and Technologies
  • Author

    Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
    Lori Gruen teaches Philosophy and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she also directs the Ethics in Society project. She has published widely on topics in practical ethics and animal ethics.


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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