1st Edition

Ethics, Humans and Other Animals An Introduction with Readings

By Rosalind Hursthouse Copyright 2000
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    This introductory textbook is ideally suited to newcomers to philosophy and ethical problems.
    Rosalind Hursthouse carefully introduces the three standard approaches in current ethical theory: utilitarianism, rights, and virtue ethics. She links each chapter to readings from key exponents such as Peter Singer and Mary Midgley and asks students to think critically about these readings for themselves.
    Key features include clear activities and activities, chapter summaries and guides to further reading.

    Preface Acknowledgements 1. The utilitarian defence of animals 2. Criticizing Singer 3. Differences between humans and animals 4. The rights-based defence of animals 5. Midgley's approach: for and against speciesism 6. The virtue ethics defence of animals Readings: 1. 'Equality for Animals?' Peter Singer 2. 'The Case for Animal Rights' Tom Regan 3. 'Equality, Women and Animals' Mary Midgley 4. 'The Significance of Species' Mary Midgley 5. 'The Moral Status of Animals' Roger Scruton 6. 'On the Side of the Animals, Some Contemporary Philosophers' Views' RSPCA Information Revision Test Answers to exercises Answers to revision test Bibliography Index


    Hursthouse Rosalind is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. She is the author of OnVirtue Ethics and editor of Virtues and Reasons.

    'Clear, insightful look at all sides of the argument about our treatment of animals.' - Sunday Times

    'Hursthouse’s Ethics, Humans and Other Animals...remains an excellent, self-guided amalgam of primary sources and secondary commentary by an author who represents a virtue-ethics approach to inter-species morality; it is loaded with helpful pedagogical instruments.' - Ralph Acampora, Hofstra University, Society & Animals