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In Defense of Animals

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In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave brings together the best current ethical thinking about animals. Edited by Peter Singer, who made "speciesism " an international issue in 1975 when he published Animal Liberation, this new book presents the state of the animal movement that his classic work helped to inspire.Long hailed as a brilliant and controversial philosopher, Si ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1985)
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I read this book in an Ethics class in college. I don't really remember much of it, at the time I was a vegetarian, I'd flirted unsuccessfully with being a vegan for about a month and a half at the start of the school year before tiring of every meal I ate being an ethical war between me and one of my roommates. I was very well versed in animal rights, I knew why I wasn't eating meat, and I remember this book not really adding anything I hadn't already wrestled with in my head.

During that class
Sep 14, 2008 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who cares about animals or the food you eat
Very deep and thought provoking book on the way we view and treat animals. Being a vegan myself I found this book fascinating and troubling at the same time. A very good read and good for the soul.

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Apr 11, 2013 Amanda Rivera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to have a positive effect on the world
Recommended to Amanda by: my ethics teacher
This is the most comprehensive book I've read on human relations with non-human animals. I've read a few books on factory farming, but here Singer also collects essays discussing arguments for and against zoos and animal testing. This section discussing real life issues involving our relationships with other animals comes after philosophical essays on the moral implications of our treatment of animals. I learned about speciesism, how our views on animals are shaped by different religions, and wh ...more
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Sep 06, 2016 Joshua Duffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonhumans
Great book on the animal rights movement; edited by Peter Singer. A collection of essays from influential people within the movement on topics like factory farming, the idea of 'self', animal intelligence, the relation between activists and the media, etc. Really good introductory book, as the topics are dealt with in short segments, by a wide range of authors. Makes you think.............
Jan 29, 2016 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative book but not totally persuasive, I think he had flaws in the extension of some of his arguments.
May 22, 2016 iarXiv rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good introduction into the subjects and issues surrounding the way humans treat animals.

The books should be modernised (graphics, themes, content) if it is to appeal to a wider audience.
Aug 24, 2016 Josepha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting, thought-provoking essays on the animal rights movement and its tactics and flaws.
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Peter Albert David Singer is an Australian philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), University of Melbourne. He specializes in applied ethics, approaching ethical issues from a secular preference utilitarian perspective.

He has served, on two occasions, as chair of phil
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