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Animals and Why They Matter

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Animals and Why They Matter examines the barriers that our philosophical traditions have erected between human beings and animals and reveals that the too-often ridiculed subject of animal rights is an issue crucially related to such problems within the human community as racism, sexism, and age discrimination. Mary Midgley's profound and clearly written narrative is a tho ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by University of Georgia Press (first published April 1st 1984)
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Lee
Jul 28, 2008 Lee rated it it was amazing
Mary Midgley is a treasure - an 0xford-trained philosopher who didn't publish her first book until middle age, she has a knack for clearing through academic rubbish. This slim little volume clears away a lot of the prejudices that prevent people from taking animals seriously as a moral question.
Jonathan.hussain
Dec 22, 2009 Jonathan.hussain rated it really liked it
Charming and witty defense of animals' minds and moral status.
Meredith
This is a very interesting book about ethics. Midgley examines many moral theories and how they relate to animal rights. she also shows how our treatment of animals can effect our relationship among other humans. As a vegetarian for over a decade, I'm a bit biased, but even for those out there who are not, this book will make you think.
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Charming and witty defense of animals' minds and moral status.
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Mary Midgley is an English moral philosopher. She was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University and is known for her work on science, ethics and animal rights.
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“The symbolism of meat-eating is never neutral. To himself, the meat-eater seems to be eating life. To the vegetarian, he seems to be eating death. There is a kind of gestalt-shift between the two positions which makes it hard to change, and hard to raise questions on the matter at all without becoming embattled.” 29 likes
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