Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Created from Animals” as Want to Read:
Created from Animals
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Created from Animals

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  7 reviews
From Bishop Wilberforce in the 1860s to the advocates of "creation science" today, defenders of traditional mores have condemned Darwin's theory of evolution as a threat to society's values. Darwin's defenders, like Stephen Jay Gould, have usually replied that there is no conflict between science and religion--that values and biological facts occupy separate realms. But as ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 28th 1999 by Oxford Paperbacks (first published 1990)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Created from Animals, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Created from Animals

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 140)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Well, here is one man who understands the implications of Darwinism, without fear. (So also Peter Singer) Rachels rightly understands that Darwinism leads to the rejection of theism as a basis for moral values. In the same way, it leads to a rejection of human dignity and a "rights" basis for morality.

So, now that we have dispensed with God, we definitely suffer a de-valuing of human significance. Since Darwin, we now see that man is just a more sophisticated development of the animal kingdom, a
Betsy Brown
Collection of essays I picked up in college during an environmental ethics course. I have generally found essays somewhat dry but this book is fascinating in it's arguments. For example, the section on the differences between humans and animals yields this:"How could anyone seriously believe that animals do not feel pain? After all, we have virtually the same evidence for animal pain that we have for human pain......So, on what grounds could anyone possible say animals are insensitive to pain?" ...more
What can I say? Nearly sums up my world view and the natural conclusions one draws when recognizing our progenitors are in fact close at hand and all around us. Reminds us also of the great humaneness of Darwin and just how strikingly beautiful his temperament was to those he knew and even the non-humans he encountered [his trigger-happy youth notwithstanding]. Whether Rachels' thoughts on moral individualism were articulated perfectly or likely to be adopted any time in my lifetime will remain ...more
I'm usually rather reluctant about the whole animal rights literature because I think that beyond compassion for other creatures there isn't really a case to be made. Now this book's about animal rights or more precisely about the moarl view of animals (the author prefers 'non-humans') and humans against the background of Darwin's theory of natural selection and hence the emerging continuum of all life as opposed to some seperate existence of humans that was reflected in the notion of a special ...more
Chet Lake
One of the best books I've read in a while, Created From Animals goes where few philosophers dare to go: the intersection of science and ethics.
I'll just note that although it may raise problems for some, if you're not willing to accept the doctrine of special human dignity, whether it be based on the Image of God or some of its secular versions, you're left with no other solution but to grant absolute rights to all sentient beings, as Wright noted in his NYT review of the book. Rachels recongnized this, but proposed us no third solution. What I liked was his clarity of presentation.
Gozal marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2015
Gosa marked it as to-read
Oct 29, 2015
Taylore marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2015
Seth marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2015
SD marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2015
T. marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2015
Kyle Adams
Kyle Adams marked it as to-read
Jun 28, 2015
Renee marked it as to-read
May 08, 2015
Soung Ah
Soung Ah marked it as to-read
May 06, 2015
Grace marked it as to-read
May 06, 2015
Akane marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2015
Eliza marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2015
Rayan marked it as to-read
Jan 31, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
James Rachels, the distinguished American moral philosopher, was born in Columbus, Georgia, and graduated from nearby Mercer University in 1962. He received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studying under Professors W. D. Falk and E. M. Adams. He taught at the University of Richmond, New York University, the University of Miami, Duke University, and the Univers ...more
More about James Rachels...

Share This Book