Tom L. Beauchamp

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195371963
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article introduces issues on animal psychology, the moral status of animals, the nature and significance of species, and a number of practical problems about the utilization of animals. This book encompasses a diverse set of philosophical interests and it explores an array of concerns about animal products, farm animals, hunting, circuses, zoos, the entertainment industry, safety-testing on animals, the status and moral significance of species, environmental ethics, the nature and significance of the minds of animals, and so on. It also investigates what the future may be expected to bring in the way of new scientific developments and new moral problems. The book draws on one or more of the following seven areas: the history of philosophy, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive science, the philosophy of language, ethical theory, and practical ethics.

Keywords: animal psychology; cognitive science; practical ethics; ethical theory; philosophy of language; animal rights; biology

Article.  14977 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science

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