In Defense Of Animals The Second Wave (Paperback)
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|Bringing together new essays by philosophers and activists, "In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave" highlights the new challenges facing the animal rights movement. |
Exciting new collection edited by controversial philosopher Peter Singer, who made animal rights into an international concern when he first published "In Defence of Animals" and "Animal Liberation" over thirty years ago
Essays explore new ways of measuring animal suffering, reassess the question of personhood, and draw highlight tales of effective advocacy
Lays out “Ten Tips for Activists”, taking the reader beyond ethical theory and into the day-to-day campaigns for animal rights
It is the mark of unique thinkers to have their names become adjectives, title schools of thought, or, as with Peter Singer, herald controversy. Since his 1999 Princeton appointment as Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Ethics at their Center for Human Values, much discussion has been sparked. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Peter Singer has come to his New Jersey roost by an impressive academic path. He studied at the University of Melbourne and at Oxford, where, in 1971, he began to lecture on Ethics. He has since held posts at New York University, University of California at Irvine, University of Colorado at Boulder, LaTrobe University, and Monash University. At Monash, he was closely involved with their Center for Human Bioethics, and served as its director for four years. Although his reputation began with the publication of ANIMAL LIBERATION (1975) and gained momentum with PRACTICAL ETHICS (1979), it was not until Singer's tenure at Princeton was imminent that he became the subject of polemical op-eds. Many of the topics that Singer addresses, such as abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, reproductive and genetic technology, and animal rights, boil down to the dichotomy of quality of life vs. sanctity of life. However, these are notoriously delicate subjects, and Singer is an unapologetic advocate for the quality of life. Because Princeton is such an influential institution, many of his opponents feel that this appointment is irresponsible, or that Singer himself is too radical to be allowed such revered public exposure. Yet, his academic record attests the rigors of his education and his merits for this post. Singer is a progenitor Bentham's Utilitarianism, and his tenets are the logical ends of the "greatest good for the greatest number" philosophy. Singer is a modern-day Gadfly.
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