Animals and Ethics 101
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Animals and Ethics 101

By Nathan Nobis
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Book Description

Animals and Ethics 101 helps readers identify and evaluate the arguments for and against various uses of animals, such as: 


  • Is it morally wrong to experiment on animals? Why or why not? 

  • Is it morally permissible to eat meat? Why or why not? 

  • Are we morally obligated to provide pets with veterinary care (and, if so, how much?)? Why or why not? 

And other challenging issues and questions. Developed as a companion volume to an online "Animals & Ethics" course, it is ideal for classroom use, discussion groups or self study. The book presupposes no conclusions on these controversial moral questions about the treatment of animals, and argues for none either. Its goal is to help the reader better engage the issues and arguments on all sides with greater clarity, understanding and argumentative rigor. Nathan Nobis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA USA.

Table of Contents
  • Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights
    • Chapter 1:  Introduction to Ethics, Logic and Ethics & Animals
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • Moral Questions
      • What the Question Is Not: Not “Morally Right,” but Morally Permissible and/or Morally Obligatory
      • What the Questions Also Is Not: Not (Necessarily) Animal “Rights”
      • Legal Rights: Not the Issue
      • Moral Rights: Not Necessarily the Issue
      • Some Basic Concepts about Arguments: Introduction to Logic
      • Moral Principles as Premises: Introduction to Ethics
      • Religion and Ethics: A Brief Comment
      • Introduction to Animal Ethics
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 2: What Are (Some) Animals Like? Animal Minds and Harms to Animals
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • Being Specific About Species
      • How Do We Know? Arguments from Analogy & Inference to the Best Scientific Explanation
      • A Source of Doubts: Necessary Conditions for Having a Mind
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 3: In Defense of Animals: Some Moral Arguments
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • General Theories and Particular Cases
      • Arguments from Paradigm Cases: Inference to the Best Moral Explanation
      • Sufficient Conditions for Taking Someone’s Interests Seriously
      • Again, the Issue is Not (Necessarily) Animal “Rights”
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 4: Objections to Defenses of Animals and Defending Animal Use
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • General Theories and Particular Cases
      • Necessary Conditions for Taking Someone’s Interests Seriously: Cases Against Animals
      • Finding Relevant Differences from Arguments from Paradigm Cases: Inference to Better Moral Explanations?
      • Common Invalid Arguments
      • Making the Discussion Concrete
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 5: Wearing and Eating Animals
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • Fur and Food
      • Personal Challenges and Logic
      • Harms to Animals (and Humans): The Facts
      • Factory Farming vs. Vegetarianism vs. Veganism vs. “Humane” Animal Agriculture vs.??
      • “Painless” and “Humane” Killing
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 6: Experimenting on Animals; Animals in Education
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • Science Does Not Answer Moral Questions
      • Theoretical Foundations and Unprincipled Responses
      • “Benefits” Arguments
      • “Necessity” Arguments
      • “No Alternatives” Arguments
      • “Painless” and “Humane” Killing, Again
      • Logic and Keeping Cool
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 7: Pets / Companion Animals; Zoos, Hunting, Racing, and other Uses of Animals
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • “Pets” & Pet “Ownership” vs. Companion Animals & Animal Guardians
      • Ends and Means
      • Discussion Questions
    • Chapter 8: Activism for Animals
      • Overview
      • Readings
      • Criticisms or Complaints about (Some) Activists Have No Implications for the Morality of Animal Use
      • “Welfarism” & “Welfarists” versus “Animal Rights” & “Abolitionists”: Ends and Means
      • Animal Advocates Promoting Animal Use?
      • Illegal Actions
      • Violent Actions
      • Discussion Questions
    • Recommended Further Reading:
    • Bonus Essay: Abortion and Animal Rights: Does Either Topic Lead to the Other?[16]
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