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Ethics and Animals: An Introduction

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In this fresh and comprehensive introduction to animal ethics, Lori Gruen weaves together poignant and provocative case studies with discussions of ethical theory, urging readers to engage critically and empathetically reflect on our treatment of other animals. In clear and accessible language, Gruen provides a survey of the issues central to human-animal relations and a r ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published January 31st 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Martin Rowe
Jul 18, 2014 Martin Rowe rated it really liked it
This is an admirably clear and instructive introduction to the philosophy and practical problems (and some solutions) surrounding our interaction with other animals. Gruen runs through the usual suspects (utilitarianism, rights, as well as ethic-of-care feminism) and outlines the issues surrounding animals in captivity, animals used for research and food, and companion and wild animals, with a final segment on activism. Her book is marked by an attention to our current knowledge of animal cognit ...more
Dayton
Aug 17, 2014 Dayton rated it really liked it
This gets four stars because I've read a bunch of animal/environmental ethics and behavior this summer so the first parts about why animals matter morally and why factory farms are bad were pretty dang repetitive.

But then once she gets past the factory farm Lori Gruen hits her stride, and it's awesome. Including ecofeminist analysis offered some interesting twists on the standard Singer/Regan stuff. Part of the power of Animal Liberation is that Singer doesn't looove animals, he just feels moral
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I think the section on animal testing is the strongest but she covers many other areas including captivity, factory farms, environmental degradation etc. I found the short history of animal welfare legislation in the US fascinating. It makes sense that the US Animal Welfare Act would begin with human's love for companion animals.
There are also small sections throughout which discuss ethics in that philosophical way which if you've ever read any animal rights ethics (eg. Tom Regan) is kind of dr
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pattrice
Aug 27, 2013 pattrice rated it it was amazing
Essential antidote to the ungrounded theorizing of the male philosophers whose abstract idea(l)s have inhibited rather than facilitated effective animal liberation activism.

Don't be fooled by the textbook tone. While the book will work beautifully as an exceptionally engaging college textbook, Gruen is (as usual) up to something much more subtly powerful than laying out the usual arguments in terms that students can understand. She covers virtually every ethical question concerning human-animal
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Kristen
Mar 16, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Gruen has a gift for making nuanced ethical arguments easily accessible. As an animal advocate, I found this book extremely helpful as a guide to frame and extend my more intuitive approach to thinking about animals, animal rights and my personal engagement with animals. The vivid illustrative scenes that situate the reader in each chapter really ground the philosophical discussion, never allowing it to veer off into intellectual abstraction. It is not a difficult book to read. In fact, I found ...more
Joshua Duffy
Dec 15, 2013 Joshua Duffy rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic (albeit biased; but not in a horrible way [I'm biased too in this area!]) introduction to Animal Ethics. The book was well laid out and the theoretical chapters especially so. A much needed chapter on activism rounded out the book which was very helpful in clarifying where one should stand if actively engaging in this movement.
Kobie Spriggs
Jul 04, 2012 Kobie Spriggs rated it it was amazing
Awesome philosophical approaches to The justification of animals and their moral consideration. One of my favorites.
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Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animal ...more
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