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Animals Like Us

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Foot-and-mouth and mad-cow disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities, subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations. Chickens hanging by their necks on conveyor belts, caged pigs with sores, bloated dead sheep with their legs in the air, mutilated dogs waiting to die after undergoing horrendous experime ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published August 17th 2002 by Verso (first published August 2002)
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Sharif Farrag
The core claims* in this book are, or should be, common sense but it is handy to have them stated and defended so clearly.

The detail is likely to be unsatisfying for the philosophical specialist but too technical for the philosophical initiate. Rowlands does write beautifully, though:

"Tennis balls are small and round and furry. So too are baby rabbits. Yet those of a non-psychopathic persuasion would be horrified at the thought of playing tennis with a baby rabbit. And this is not just because
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Tom
Overall, this book is a powerful argument in favor of animal rights and animal welfare. I would unhesitatingly recommend it to friends, meat-eaters, the general public, etc. The Rawslian veil of ignorance, which Rawls termed the "original position" (already a powerful idea), is refined by Rowlands into the "impartial position," and it works marvelously. In a nutshell, it amounts to imagining that you are creating a society, but that you do not even know what species of animal you will end up bei ...more
Stevie
Mark Rowlands develops moral principles for animal rights using a modified version of Rawls' Original Position, which he calls the impartial position. Basically, it's a thought experiment where you think about what way you would act and what rules you would want if you had no idea if you were a sentient nonhuman animal or a human.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, there were, however, a few places where I was let down.

Firstly, the long discussion on the Lifeboat Scenario. Lifeboat scenarios ar
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Jessie Marshall
This book blew my mind. Another fantastic read from Mark Rowlands. After being vegetarian for 6 years this book made me decide to give being vegan a really good go for all the moral reasons. Definitely a must read for anyone who cares about animal rights and environmental rights
Ben Lainhart
Rowlands exhaustively sets forth the case for animal rights from a Rawlsian and Justice as Fairness perspective.
Hugh Treharne
Very keen to read this which is described as an extension of the veil of ignorance to cover species!
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Jan 15, 2013 Dan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Jonathan for giving me this for Christmas
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Mark Rowlands was born in Newport, Wales and began his undergraduate degree at Manchester University in engineering before changing to philosophy. He took his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University and has held various academic positions in philosophy in universities in Britain, Ireland and the US.

His best known work is the book The Philosopher and the Wolf about a decade of his life he sp
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