The Book That Started A Revolution
Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of concerned men and women to the shocking abuse of animals everywhere -- inspiring a worldwide movement to eliminate much of the cruel and unnecessary laboratory animal experimentation of years past.
In this newly revised and expanded edition, author...more
On a very simple analysis, if you are guilty about existing and using the planets resources then this book will confirm your views and help you to rationalise your thoughts.
If you feel that you are part of nature and have every right to exist and survive (just like every other creature) then you can ...more
In 1975, the first edition of Animal Liberation was published. It has b ...more
Sewar was a lovely spotted calf. She lived contentedly with her mother and fellow herd cows in the free wilderness. They grazed, ran around, and nipped at each other playfully under the watchful eye of the caring and warming sun. But one day, a group of the cru ...more
I love this book for what it did for bringing animal rights into the semi-mainstream. Singer was a proper philosopher, not (just) a kookie hippie. His importance cannot be overstated.
But it wasn’t a shocking or profound read for me personally, probably because it’s so very influential. I spend a lot of time reading about animal ethics, so nothing- neither the animal abuses recounted nor the philosophical arguments against speciesism- was new to me.
Still, I feel remiss giving it les ...more
Modern philosopher Peter Singer argues--both abstractly and with detailed, concrete examples--that we are currently "speciesist" who must acknowledge that animals may not be our intellectual equals, but the relevant question is whether they, like we, suffer. He documents how they can and do, both psychologically and physically, in animal experimen ...more
This book doesn't take this into account; instead he says to not worry about your health, it will be okay.
Then he says that he grows his own food. ...more
Animal liberation must have been a shocking book, a revelation to many people about the unfair use and abuse animals suffer because of our insatiable search for pleasure, our ignor ...more
I assumed that it would be just philosophicaly centered all the way through, with a few references here and there to shed light on what animals actualy go through behind the scenes. I was pleasently surprised that he dedicated two whole chapters to describing the realities behind animal testing and factory farming.
The writing style is ...more
Boken starter med å fortelle om artsisme (eller speciesism på engelsk), som er praksisen å verdsette noen høyere bare fordi de er av samme art som deg. Singer argumenterer for at artsgrensen er en kunstig grense, og at dyrs smerte og lidelse ikke er av noen mindre verdi enn menneskers smerte og lidelse. So far so good.
Videre forteller Singer om hvordan dyr lider av ...more
Human beings are not the only creatures capable of suffering or having interests. Singer published this classic work to convince the lay reader of this self-evident argument back in the 1970s, and has commanded various updated editions, this most recent in 2002.
There are moral arguments to be made against the wholesale slaughter of cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals. The conditions in which they are now bred, especially in the United States, seems to maximize stress and suffering ...more
Some of his positions seem mainstream now but one must not forget how very radical he was back in 1973. In this manifesto Singer addressed two of the most egregious forms of animal abuse in some detail (the farming of animals and animal experime ...more
In fact, my complaint with this book is the same as my complaint with welfarism and utilitarian theories of animal ethics as a whole: it acknowledges the problem of animal abuse without strikin ...more
Maybe "Animal Liberation" had some points compared to the times it was written but ...more
I've found out from my own personal experience, that many people get defensive when talking about these issues. It's as if we know we ...more
However, assuming the most widely supported ethical basis in the Western world (not to mention more ethically advanced belief systems outside the West), the argument Singer presents is essentially irrefutable. If you eat meat ...more
He has served, on two occasions, as chair of phil ...more