Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status

Taking Animals Seriously Mental Life and Moral Status What sort of minds do animals have Do they have feelings desires or beliefs Are they capable of self awareness language or autonomy Do animals have moral standing and if so how seriously should

  • Title: Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status
  • Author: David DeGrazia
  • ISBN: 9780521567602
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • What sort of minds do animals have Do they have feelings, desires, or beliefs Are they capable of self awareness, language, or autonomy Do animals have moral standing, and if so, how seriously should we take their interests when they conflict with human interests This book distinguishes itself from the sometimes polemical literature on these issues by offering the mostWhat sort of minds do animals have Do they have feelings, desires, or beliefs Are they capable of self awareness, language, or autonomy Do animals have moral standing, and if so, how seriously should we take their interests when they conflict with human interests This book distinguishes itself from the sometimes polemical literature on these issues by offering the most judicious and balanced exploration yet available of animals moral standing and of related questions concerning their minds and welfare Transcending the overplayed debate between utilitarians and rights theorists, the book employs a fresh methodological approach in defending highly progressive conclusions regarding our treatment of animals David DeGrazia provides the most thorough discussion yet of whether equal consideration should be extended to animals interests, and he examines the issues of animal minds and animal welfare with an unparalleled combination of philosophical rigor and empirical documentation.

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    About “David DeGrazia

    • David DeGrazia

      David DeGrazia is an American moral philosopher specializing in bioethics and animal ethics He is Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, where he has taught since 1989.



    432 thoughts on “Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status

    • So far this has been very worth reading. A paradigm of doing your homework, summarizing what others have said, and having a reasonable critical response.Update: finished it. Good stuff. Though you can probably skip chaps. 2, 4, and 8. The best chapters are 3 and 5. The first is a critical overview of traditional philosophical views on our ethical responsibilities w/r/t animals. The second covers animal feelings (eg, pleasure and pain).


    • Very heavy reading, but a good bit about the philosophy of animal ethics and how they should be treated according to actual ethical theories, not just according to popular opinion


    • This is a solid book on the ethical basis of our duties towards animals, but gets quite deep into philosophical and conceptual issues at time, which makes it a little dry. Like Singer and Regan, DeGrazia wants to defend a principle of equal consideration for animals, but does so through the lens of a 'coherence theory' of ethics. He spends a lot of time looking at the evidence for particular types of cognition in animals (beliefs, emotions, self-awareness), which is interesting but none of it as [...]


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