Moralitys Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature

Paperback | November 1, 2002

byDale Jamieson

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Morality's Progress is the summation of nearly three decades of work by Dale Jamieson, a leading figure in environmental ethics and bioethics. The twenty-two papers here are invigoratingly diverse, but together tell a unified story about various aspects of the morality of our relationships toanimals and to nature.The volume begins by addressing the possibility of moral progress and the value of practical ethics. It then moves on to discuss the nature of animal minds, and our moral duties with respect to animals; it concludes with essays that address larger environmental questions. Considered as a whole,Morality's Progress is an attempt to draw out the moral consequences of a thoroughgoing Darwinian Naturalism. The perspective that informs this work is philosophically naturalist, morally consequentialist, and metaethically constructivist. Jamieson's essays will convince sceptics that thinking about our moral relations to animals and nature can offer great intellectual reward, and his work here sets a challenging, controversial agenda for the future.

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Morality's Progress is the summation of nearly three decades of work by Dale Jamieson, a leading figure in environmental ethics and bioethics. The twenty-two papers here are invigoratingly diverse, but together tell a unified story about various aspects of the morality of our relationships toanimals and to nature.The volume begins by a...

Dale Jamieson is Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:394 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Morality's Progress2. Is Applied Ethics Worth Doing?3. Great Apes and the Human Resistance to Equality4. Science, Knowledge, and Animal Minds5. On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology (with Marc Bekoff)6. Cognitive Ethology at the End of Neuroscience7. Pain and the Evolution of Behaviour8. On the Ethics of the Use of Animals in Science (with Tom Regan)9. Experimenting on Animals: A Reconsideration10. Ethics and the Study of Animal Cognition (with Marc Bekoff)11. Against Zoos12. Zoos Revisited13. Wild/Captive and Other Suspect Dualisms14. Animal Liberation is an Environmental Ethic15. Ecosystem Health: Some Preventive Medicine16. Values in Nature17. The City Around Us18. Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming19. Global Environmental Justicw20. Discourse and Moral Responsibility in Biotechnical Communication21. Sustainability and Beyond22. Afterword: Child of the SixtiesBibliographyIndex

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`Dale Jamieson's intellect is sharp, his moral sensitivity is acute, and his writing is lucid. In Morality's Progress he uses these qualities to probe deep questions about animals, nature, biotechnology, environmental justice, and the nature of ethics itself. This is a book that all thoseconcerned about these questions should read. It is not only about morality's progress, it is itself a contribution to it.'Peter Singer