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Bernard E. Rollin, recipient of the prestigious PRIM&R's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, uses the concept of telos to claim that humans have a responsibility to treat animals ethically. Aristotle described the metaphysics of our world with his concept of telos, from the Greek word for “end” or “purpose,” as the core explanatory concept for the world we live in. We understand what an animal is by what it does—the “pigness” of the pig; the “dogness” of the dog. This is the nature of an animal, and helps us understand our obligations to animals in the same way the understanding of human nature helps determine our obligation to humans. This book, the culmination of forty years of theorizing about the moral status of animals, explicates and justifies society’s moral obligation to animals in terms of the commonsense metaphysics and ethics of telos.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Philosophy and Ethics
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part One. Creating an Animal Ethic
  1. The Need for a New Animal Ethic
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. Social, Personal, and Professional Ethics
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. Reminding versus Teaching
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. The Denial of Animal Mind
  2. pp. 39-46
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  1. Mattering and Telos
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. Part Two. Ideology and Common Sense
  1. Ideology
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. Anecdote, Anthropomorphism, and Animal Mind
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. Animal Telos and Animal Welfare
  2. pp. 97-108
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  1. The End of Husbandry
  2. pp. 109-130
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  1. Animal Research and Telos
  2. pp. 131-162
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  1. Genetic Engineering and Telos
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826273666
Related ISBN
9780826221018
MARC Record
OCLC
961006344
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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