- Animals in Classical and Late Antique Philosophy
- Animals and Ethics in the History of Modern Philosophy
- Interacting with Animals: A Kantian Account
- Virtue Ethics and the Treatment of Animals
- A Humean Account of the Status and Character of Animals
- Utilitarianism and Animals
- Rights Theory and Animal Rights
- The Capabilities Approach and Animal Entitlements
- The Idea of Moral Standing
- Animals, Fundamental Moral Standing, and Speciesism
- Human Animals and Nonhuman Persons
- Are Nonhuman Animals Persons?
- Animal Mentality: Its Character, Extent, and Moral Significance
- Mindreading and Moral Significance in Nonhuman Animals
- Minimal Minds
- Beyond Anthropomorphism: Attributing Psychological Properties to Animals
- Animal Pain and Welfare: Can Pain Sometimes Be Worse for Them than for Us?
- Animals That Act for Moral Reasons
- The Moral Life of Animals
- On the Origin of Species Notions and Their Ethical Limitations
- On the Nature of Species and the Moral Significance of their Extinction
- Are All Species Equal?
- Genetically Modified Animals: Should There Be Limits to Engineering the Animal Kingdom?
- Human/Nonhuman Chimeras: Assessing the Issues
- The Moral Relevance of the Distinction Between Domesticated and Wild Animals
- The Moral Significance of Animal Pain and Animal Death
- The Ethics of Confining Animals: From Farms to Zoos to Human Homes
- Keeping Pets
- Animal Experimentation in Biomedical Research
- Ethical Issues in the Application of Biotechnology to Animals in Agriculture
- Environmental Ethics, Hunting, and the Place of Animals
- The Use of Animals in Toxicological Research
- What's Ethics Got to Do with it?: The Roles of Government Regulation in Research-Animal Protection
- Literary Works and Animal Ethics
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(p. ix) Preface
When Oxford University Press issued an invitation to us to prepare a volume on animal minds and the ethics of human uses of animals for its series of Handbooks of Philosophy, we enthusiastically accepted. This multifaceted and rapidly growing area of scholarly activity deserves sustained and careful work from philosophers and professionals in several disciplines. We have been fortunate as editors to successfully plead this case with the outstanding group of contributors to this volume. All chapters are original essays in either already prominent or largely unexplored areas of animal ethics.
The Handbook is aimed at an audience that seeks accessible and high-level philosophical work. We have asked contributors not to scale down their contributions to make them more accessible to a wide audience, but one exception is made: The Introduction to this volume is intended for a multidisciplinary audience, including readers who may for the first time be encountering complex philosophical arguments. The Introduction presents the organizational structure of the volume and each author's main arguments and conclusions.
The preparation of this volume has taken several years. We deeply appreciate the willingness of several of our authors who have encountered personal difficulties during this period to plough ahead and complete the work. We are likewise grateful for their willingness to go through numerous drafts and to exhibit great patience as this book was brought to completion.
We gratefully acknowledge the help of Yashar Saghai in the final stages of the delivery of this manuscript to the publisher. Without his help, the book might have been delayed for several weeks. We also thank Peter Ohlin for his efficient arrangement of impartial reviews during the early stages of our planning and of course to the anonymous reviewers themselves.
Washington, D.C. TLB
Bowling Green, Ohio RGF (p. x)