The Moral Equality Of Humans And Animals

Hardcover | September 30, 2015

byMark Bernstein

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That human beings have greater cosmic significance than non-human animals is pervasively believed as a self-evident truth. For millennia, we have been informed that the interests of humans count more than the interests of animals, and that the lives of humans are more valuable than the lives of non-human animals. Reference to this alleged hierarchical importance has been used as the dominant justification for factory farming, hunting, and vivisection. It is well-past time to end this myth, and to show that once the reasons for received opinion are illuminated, the edifice for many of our egregious animal-related institutions collapses like a house of cards.

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That human beings have greater cosmic significance than non-human animals is pervasively believed as a self-evident truth. For millennia, we have been informed that the interests of humans count more than the interests of animals, and that the lives of humans are more valuable than the lives of non-human animals. Reference to this alle...

Mark Bernstein is the Joyce and Edward E. Brewer Chair in Applied Philosophy at Purdue University, and a founding member of the Oxford Centre on Animal Ethics. He has previously published three books: Fatalism, On Moral Considerability, and Without A Tear.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.98 inPublished:September 30, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230276628

ISBN - 13:9780230276628

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Table of Contents

Preface 
1. On the Relative Unimportance of Human Interests
1.1. Setting the Stage
1.2. What Do We mean When We Say that Human Interests are More Significant than Animal Interests?
1.3. Does the Cosmos Inform Us that Human Interests are More Significant than Animal Interests?
1.4. Should Humans Consider Human Interests More Significant than Animal Interests? 
2. On the Relative Unimportance of Human Life
2.1. Setting the Stage
2.2. The Disvalue of Death Argument
2.3. Why Your Death is Less Important than You Think
2.4. The Problem With Valuing Capacities
2.5. From Preservation to Creation
2.6. Mill's Argument
Conclusion