The Case for Animal Rights by Tom ReganI know this book is supposed to be a classic, but I found it rather a chore to deal with. Its a big book, and it has a number of good features, but since everyone seems to be talking about those I will just list a couple of complaints.
My main dislike was the pondering way in which it handled certain topics, such as animals mental life, which managed somehow to cover the terrain exhaustively while simultaneously misreading and therefore failing to engage with the alternative views we spend so long seeing refuted.
There is, besides that, the central thesis of the book, which is the extension of rights to animals, a view that I dont endorse at all, and which strikes me as misguided. Rights simply dont seem like the right way to conceptualize our ethical relationships with animals. Rights most naturally arise in political contexts, where we speaking of a number of free and equal individuals coming together into a political community, something that simply doesnt find a grip on on our relationships with animals. Rights language therefore doesnt strike me as a very useful way to talk about how we ought to treat non-human animals.
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The Case for Animal Rights
The Case for Animal Rights makes the case--clearly, forcefully and thoroughly--that animals have a basic moral right to be treated in ways that show respect for their independent value. Praise for The Case for Animal Rights "Unquestionably the best work yet to appear in its field, surpassing even Peter Singer's famous Animal Liberation in originality, thoroughness and rigor. Gunn "A lucid, closely reasoned and dispassionate book presenting the case for animal rights. In their paradigmatic form, moral prejudices consist in supposing that making certain individuals worse-off than others can be justified by appealing to side effects--for example, to the interests of others affected by the outcome. The racist, for example, is more than willing to allow that blacks be made worse-off because he and his ilk like whites more than they like blacks. Because, given utilitarian theory, the racist's pleasure, preferences, and so forth, count and most be counted equitably, and because, given this theory, we must aim to bring about the best aggregate result, utilitarianism is not in principle inhospitable to racism.
More than twenty years after its original publication, The Case for Animal Rights is an acknowledged classic of moral philosophy, and its author is recognized as the intellectual leader of the animal rights movement. In a new and fully considered preface, Regan responds to his critics and defends the book's revolutionary position. Summary and Conclusion 2. Books Digital Products Journals. Disciplines Philosophy Ethics. About the Book More than twenty years after its original publication, The Case for Animal Rights is an acknowledged classic of moral philosophy, and its author is recognized as the intellectual leader of the animal rights movement.
Tom Regan, an American moral philosopher known for his groundbreaking work in the study of animal rights, died of pneumonia Friday, Feb. He was A professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, Regan was one of the rare philosophers whose work had import and influence outside academia. The former butcher became a vegan and a historic figure in the animal rights movement. Though he wrote many books and papers, his most notable work was "The Case for Animal Rights," published in near the beginning of the modern animal movement. A monument in the history of animal rights philosophy, it sparked much subsequent debate and was translated into multiple languages.