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Created from Animals

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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
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Published October 28th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1990)
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May 09, 2012 G0thamite rated it really liked it
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
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Jul 17, 2009 Betsy Brown rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2014 Orde rated it it was amazing
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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
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Dec 27, 2014 Chet Lake rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 30, 2015 Karlo rated it it was ok
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.
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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
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