Animal Ethics

A Contemporary Introduction

There are many introductions to the animal ethics literature. There aren't many introductions to the practice of doing animal ethics. Bob Fischer's Animal Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction fills that gap, offering an accessible model of how animal ethics can be done today. Les mer
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There are many introductions to the animal ethics literature. There aren't many introductions to the practice of doing animal ethics. Bob Fischer's Animal Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction fills that gap, offering an accessible model of how animal ethics can be done today. The book takes up classic issues, such as the ethics of eating meat and experimenting on animals, but tackles them in an empirically informed and nuanced way. It also covers a range of relatively neglected issues in animal ethics, such as the possibility of insect sentience and the ethics of dealing with pests. Finally, the book doesn't assess every current practice using standard ethical theories, but tries to evaluate some of them using the moral frameworks endorsed by those involved. So, for instance, there is a chapter on the way that animal care and use committees try to justify some of the educational uses of animals, and the chapter on zoos considers the way that international zoological societies justify compromising animal welfare. The book wraps up with a discussion of the future of animal ethics. Each chapter opens with a helpful initial overview of the chapter and ends with a list of suggested readings to help students go further on their own.





Key Features








Covers animal ethics from an empirically informed perspective, bringing philosophy into conversation with key issues in animal science, conservation biology, economics, ethology, and legal studies, among other fields







Provides ample coverage of the most salient current topics, including, for example:









Debates about which animals are sentient







The suffering of wild animals







Research ethics







The boundaries of activism









Avoids suggesting that animal ethics is simply the practice of applying the right general theory to a problem, instead allowing readers to first work out the specific costs and benefits of making ethical decisions







Impresses upon the reader the need for her to work out for herself the best way forward with difficult ethical issues, suggesting that progress can indeed be made







Includes summaries and recommended readings at the end of each chapter

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction




The Moral Community







Animal Minds







Welfare and Death







Moral Theory







Animal Agriculture and Aquaculture







Production and Consumption Ethics







Fishing







International Animal Care and Use Committees







Animal Research







Zoos







Pests







Companion Animals







Activism







Conclusion

Om forfatteren

Bob Fischer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas State University. He's the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics (Routledge, 2020) and the author of The Ethics of Eating Animals (Routledge, 2020).