Biology and Values

Rosemary Rodd

in Biology, Ethics, and Animals

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240525
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680199 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Biology and Values

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This chapter shows a philosophical examination of the significance of theories and factual discoveries from life sciences for the development of ideas about the moral standing of animals. It seeks to consider how decisions should be made about the way in which animals ought to be treated, with especial reference to attempts to reduce the suffering caused in biomedical experiments by changing the types of animals used as subjects. A major theme of this book is the way in which certain biological theories about the evolution of human and animal behaviour have affected the attitudes of biologists to moral arguments about the status of animals. It argues that it is a mistake to say humans are cruel since the suffering of animals is only a by-product of the advancement of life science, not something humans enjoy.

Keywords: moral standing of animals; biomedical experiments; human behaviour; cruelty; life science

Chapter.  4785 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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