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Biology, Ethics, and Animals

Rosemary Rodd


In the debate about animal rights, biologists may feel threatened by criticism of their use of animals. They may also feel that philosophical discussion of animals is so abstract as to be meaningless. Furthermore, some would claim that a proper understanding of sociobiological theory about the origin of human ethical systems should make us very sceptical of the usefulness of moral theorizing. This book brings philosophy and biology together to address this set of attitudes, and the problem of what we can and should do to reform the way we treat other animals. The book justifies ethical concern ... More

Keywords: animal rights, philosophy and biology, sociobiological theory, ethical systems, evolutionary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Rodd, author
Literary and Linguistic Computing Centre, Cambridge