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Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

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Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum bring together an all-star cast of contributors to explore the legal and political issues that underlie the campaign for animal rights and the opposition to it. Addressing ethical questions about ownership, protection against unjustified suffering, and the ability of animals to make their own choices free from human control, the authors of ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published November 24th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 31st 2004)
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Apr 09, 2010 Worthless Bum rated it liked it
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Susstein and Nussbaum's collection of animal rights essays is a good primer on the different legal and philosophical positions that are maintained in the animal rights debate. The quality of the essays, however, was not consistent. As might be expected when covering both sides of an issue, the quality tended to predominate towards one side. In this case it was the people advocating for animal rights, or greater rights and protections for animals than currently persists, who pretty much monopoliz ...more
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Jan 23, 2015 Kathleen O'Neal rated it it was amazing
I read this book very recently and found it to be among the best anthologies on any topic I have ever read. Big name academics like Cass Sunstein, Martha Nussbaum, Catherine MacKinnon, Peter Singer, and Gary Francione, among others, weigh in on all sides of this fascinating issue. Elizabeth Anderson, a thinker I was previously unaware of prior to reading this book, has the best piece in the volume - one that deals with the ways in which animals inspire various types of respect from human beings ...more
Heather Browning
A set of essays about the debates around awarding legal rights to animals, including how this might be done and why it is important. Much of it felt like re-treading well-worn ground (though that might just be my perspective as someone quite familiar with work in this area) and some of the essays didn't seem to add much, but I think this would be an interesting introduction to someone wanting to learn about the key issues in the area.
Jan 28, 2009 Edward rated it it was ok
Mostly legal stuff on animals. Some repetition and overlap among authors. Quite a range from high (when Singer rips Posner a new asshole) to low (Diamond).
Jared Hoey
Sep 18, 2013 Jared Hoey rated it liked it
A collection of vaious essays. A very mixed bag. Some are quite good, others are pretty terrible.
May 13, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best contemporary anthology of essays on animal rights.
Perhaps the best contemporary anthology of essays on animal rights.
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Cass R. Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who currently is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School, where he continues to teach as ...more
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