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Interests and Rights: The Case Against Animals

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Hardcover, 188 pages
Published May 22nd 1980 by Oxford University Press (first published 1980)
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Mar 17, 2013 Heather Browning rated it really liked it
Although I disagree with Frey's central argument - that animals do not have 'interests', I very much enjoyed reading his book. He makes a clear and non-emotive case against moral consideration of animals, one of the most convincing. Essentially Frey argues that because animals lack language, they are incapable of the beliefs and desires necessary to have interests. I don't think he is right about the necessity of language for these psychological states, but he argues well. He also touches on iss ...more
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Raymond Gillespie Frey (1941-2012) was Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, specializing in moral, political and legal philosophy, and author or editor of a number of books, including Interests and Rights: The Case Against Animals (1980), Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (1998, with Gerald Dworkin and Sissela Bok), and The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics (2011, with ...more
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