Tom Regan


Born
November 28, 1938

Died
February 17, 2017

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Tom Regan was an American philosopher who specializes in animal rights theory. He was professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, where he taught from 1967 until his retirement in 2001.

Regan was the author of numerous books on the philosophy of animal rights, including The Case for Animal Rights (1983), one of a handful of studies that have significantly influenced the modern animal rights movement. In these, he argued that non-human animals are what he calls the "subjects-of-a-life", just as humans are, and that, if we want to ascribe value to all human beings regardless of their ability to be rational agents, then to be consistent, we must similarly ascribe it to non-humans.

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The Case for Animal Rights

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Empty Cages: Facing the Cha...

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Defending Animal Rights

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Animal Rights, Human Wrongs...

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Animal Rights And Human Obl...

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All That Dwell Therein: Ani...

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The Struggle for Animal Rights

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Earthbound: Introductory Es...

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More books by Tom Regan…
“To be 'for animals' is not to be 'against humanity.' To require others to treat animals justly, as their rights require, is not to ask for anything more nor less in their case than in the case of any human to whom just treatment is due. The animal rights movement is a part of, not opposed to, the human rights movement. Attempts to dismiss it as anti human are mere rhetoric.”
Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights

“Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self-importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge.”
Tom Regan

“How would we fare psychologically if the walls of slaughterhouses were made of glass?”
Tom Regan, The Struggle for Animal Rights

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