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Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

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Millions of people live with cats, dogs, and other pets, which they treat as members of their families. But through their daily behavior, people who love those pets, and greatly care about their welfare, help ensure short and painful lives for millions, even billions of animals that cannot easily be distinguished from dogs and cats. Today, the overwhelming percentage of animals with whom Westerners interact are raised for food. Countless animals endure lives of relentless misery and die often torturous deaths.

The use of animals by human beings, often for important human purposes, has forced uncomfortable questions to center stage: Should people change their behavior? Should the law promote animal welfare? Should animals have legal rights? Should animals continue to be counted as "property"? What reforms make sense?

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 offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one's ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals is being fundamentally rethought. This book offers a state-of-the-art treatment of that rethinking.

Contributors include:

Elizabeth Anderson

Cora Diamond

Richard A. Epstein

David Favre

Gary L. Francione

Gisela Kaplan

Catharine A. MacKinnon

Richard A. Posner

James Rachelsl Lesley J. Rogers

Peter Singer

Mariann Sullivan

Stephen M. Wise

David J. Wolfson

Synopsis:

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 offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one's ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals is being fundamentally rethought. This book offers a state-of-the-art treatment of that rethinking.

About the Author

Cass R. Sunstein is Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Together, they previously edited Clones and Cloning. They are frequent contributors to popular journals and newspapers. . Sunstein's recent books include Why Societies Need Dissent and Designing Democracy; Nussbaum is recently author of Upheavals of Thought and For Love of Country.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Are Animal Rights?, Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago

Part I: Current Debates

1. Animal Rights, One Step At A Time, Stephen M. Wise, Vermont Law School

2. Animal Rights: Legal, Philosophical, and Pragmatic Perspectives, Richard A. Posner, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School

3. Ethics Beyond Species and Beyond Instincts: A Reply to Richard Posner, Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

4. Eating Meat and Eating People, Cora Diamond, Kenan Professor and University Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia

5. Taking Animal Interests Seriously, Gary L. Francione, Professor of Law and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach Distinguished Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University School of Law--Newark

6. Animals As Objects, or Subjects, of Rights, Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, Peter and Kirsten Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution

7. Drawing Lines, James Rachels, University Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

8. All Animals Are Not Equal: The Interface Between Scientific Knowledge and Legislation for Animal Rights, Lesley J. Rogers and Gisela Kaplan, both Professors of Neuroscience and Animal Behavior at the University of New England, Australia

Part II: New Directions

9. Foxes in the Hen House: Animals, Agribusiness, and the Law, David J. Wolfson, senior associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP, Lecturer in Law Harvard Law School, and adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Mariann Sullivan, Deputy Chief Court Attorney at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, former chair of the animal law committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

10. A New Property Status for Animals: Equitable Self-Ownership, David Favre: Professor, Michigan State University DCL College of Law

11. Can Animals Sue?, Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago

12. Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and long-term visitor, University of Chicago Law School

13. Animal Rights and the Values of Nonhuman Life, Elizabeth Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

14. "Beyond Compassion and Humanity": Justice for Non-Human Animals, Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195152173
Subtitle:
Current Debates and New Directions
Editor:
Sunstein, Cass R.
Editor:
Sunstein, Cass R.
Editor:
Nussbaum, Martha C.
Author:
null, Cass R.
Author:
null, Martha C.
Author:
Nussbaum, Martha C.
Author:
Sunstein, Cass R.
Editor:
Nussbaum, Martha C.
Other:
Sunstein, Cass R.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Science, Technology,
Subject:
Environmental Politics
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics
Subject:
Animal Rights
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Science, Technology, & Environmental Politics
Series Volume:
#69
Publication Date:
20040401
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line illus.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 1.381 lb

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