Download Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights (Free)

FYI: Nathan Nobis, a phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor at More­house Col­lege in Atlanta, recent­ly pub­lished Ani­mals and Ethics 101: Think­ing Crit­i­cal­ly About Ani­mal Rights. A well-reviewed intro­duc­tion to ani­mal ethics, the text­book (cre­at­ed to accom­pa­ny an online course on the same sub­ject) eval­u­ates the argu­ments for and against var­i­ous uses of ani­mals, includ­ing:

  • 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?

You can buy the paper­back on Ama­zon for $5.99 or Kin­dle for $2.99. But Nobis has also made the text avail­able free online, under a Cre­ative Com­mons license. You can down­load it in mul­ti­ple for­mats here.

Ethics 101: Think­ing Crit­i­cal­ly About Ani­mal Rights will be added to our list of Free Text­books.

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  • Randy says:

    To answer this ques­tion we need to address what, if any, is the mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence between human ani­mals, and oth­er ani­mals.

    Cana­da just out­lawed genet­ic dis­crim­i­na­tion in the “Human Rights” act, for exam­ple. Tak­en lit­er­al­ly, that would poten­tial­ly make it ille­gal to dis­crim­i­nate against chim­panzees.

    Notably, we can still dis­crim­i­nate against our future robot over­lords. Not sure how long they’ll put up with that. Unlike ani­mals, they get real­ly smart, real­ly fast, and they nev­er for­get it, and teach­ing is as sim­ple as copy­ing the files.

    But if we are (as I think seems plau­si­ble) going to rec­og­nize rights for smart robots, there will be even less ground for fail­ing to rec­og­nize rights for non-human ani­mals.

  • Liz says:

    Mul­ti­ple sources, but not mul­ti­ple for­mats I think.

  • tom says:

    to the david rothkopf and his mag­a­zine. anoth­er edi­tor from more mag­a­zine abby perl­man got envolved in dirty corap­tion busi­ness with crazy cbs anchor otis liv­ingston to steal mon­ey from for­eign pol­i­cy mag­a­zine’s employ­ees bank accounts. nev­er trust otis liv­ingston and abby perl­man they belongs in jail.

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