Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights

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Nathan Nobis, Morehouse College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-0-6924712-8-9

Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Sarah Beighton, Research & Digital Resources Librarian, Staffordshire University, on 2/2/2018.

There isn’t an index as such, which is a shame, as this would be extremely useful. However, it is broken down into chapters which is good, and these … read more



Reviewed by Jeffrey Pannekoek, Graduate Student/Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee, on 6/21/2017.

The book does not offer much in the way of an index or glossary, but it is relatively short and searchable.… read more



Reviewed by Christian Golden, Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on 6/21/2017.

There is a militant but minority school within the modern animal movement that calls itself the “Abolitionist” approach to animal rights. Championed … read more



Reviewed by Priscilla Connors, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, on 4/12/2017.

The author does a good job of outline the subject and defining the central focus of the chapters. Given these parameters the book is comprehensive. … read more



Reviewed by Lutz Kramer, Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The text provides an extensive set of links to both print and online material related to our interaction with animals. There are sections dealing … read more



Reviewed by Victor Matoush, Faculty Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

Comprehensive would be an understatement as this text goes extremely in depth to explore and discover all aspects of how we as a society approach our … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introductions to Ethics, Logic and Animals & Ethics
  • Chapter 2: Animal Minds
  • Chapter 3: Defending Animals
  • Chapter 4: Defending Animal Use
  • Chapter 5: Wearing & Eating Animals
  • Chapter 6: Animal Experimentation
  • Chapter 7: Pets, Zoos & Hunting
  • Chapter 8: Activism

About the Book

This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why?

We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.

About the Contributors


Nathan Nobis, PhD is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He has taught courses, given lectures and published articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics concerning ethics and animals, bioethics, ethical theory and other topics in philosophy.