Twenty years ago, people thought only cranks or sentimentalists could be seriously concerned about the treatment of non-human animals. However, since then philosophers, scientists and welfarists have raised public awareness of the issue; and they have begun to lay the foundations for an enormous change in human practice. This book is a record of the development of 'animal rights' through the eyes of one highly-respected and well-known thinker.
This book brings together for the first time Stephen R.L. Clark's major essays in one volume. Written with characteristic clarity and persuasion, Animals and Their Moral Standing will be essential reading for both philosophers and scientists, as well as the general reader concerned by the debates over animal rights and treatment.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements, 1. INTRODUCTION, 2. HOW TO CALCULATE THE GREATER GOOD (1978), 3. THE RIGHTS OF WILD THINGS (1979), 4. AWARENESS AND SELF-AWARENESS (1981), 5. HUMANS, ANIMALS AND ‘ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR’ (1983), 6. HUME, ANIMALS AND THE OBJECTIVITY OF MORALS (1985), 7. ANIMALS, ECOSYSTEMS AND THE LIBERAL ETHIC (1987), 8. THE DESCRIPTION AND EVALUATION OF ANIMAL EMOTION (1987), 9. UTILITY, RIGHTS AND THE DOMESTIC VIRTUES (1988), 10. ETHICAL PROBLEMS IN ANIMAL WELFARE (1989), 11. THE REALITY OF SHARED EMOTION (1990), 12. THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF ANIMALS (1991), 13. MODERN ERRORS, ANCIENT VIRTUES (1994), Notes, Bibliography, Index
Clark, Stephen R L; Clark, Stephen R. L.
'Well worth the read ... a fine piece of philosophical work.' - Metascience
'[Clark's] ability to bring together contemporary sociobiology, ancient and modern philosophical perspectives and theological perspectives is quite remarkable. The result is a collection of essays that will be of interest to the veteran as well as the newcomer to the animal welfare debate. Anyone who questions the contribution of traditional philosophy to modern ethics or current science would do well to spend time with this book.' - Reason Papers