Bibliographic Details

Animal ethics and philosophy : questioning the orthodoxy / edited by Elisa Aaltola and John Hadley.

Imprint London ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, [2015]
Description vi, 229 pages ; 24 cm
Language English
Subject Animals (Philosophy)
Animal rights.
Animal welfare.
Animal rights.
Animal welfare.
Animals (Philosophy)
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Aaltola, Elisa, 1976- editor.
Hadley, John, editor.
ISBN 9781783481811
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

Editors Aaltola (Univ. of Eastern Finland) and Hadley (Univ. of Western Sydney, Australia) identify the motivation for this collection of essays as the fact that there is very little innovation in the field of animal ethics; much fits the description of "moral extensionism," or the extension of existing moral and political theories across species. The editors present works that examine the metaethical and meta-philosophical issues in animal ethics, thereby asking unaddressed questions. In the book's 12 essays, various contributors focus on the assumptions behind the critique of morally relevant relationships; offer an application of biosemiotics, or living organisms' use of signs; and utilize Merleau-Ponty's embodied subjects to discuss intersubjectivity with non-human animals. Authors also examine the epistemological and ethical difficulties regarding speaking for animals, argue there is a shortsightedness in basing animal ethics in rights, and consider the moral role of disgust with animal abuse. Finally, Aaltola ends with a convincing explanation for how and why humans are able to paradoxically love some animals and eat others. Meant for a philosophically literate readership, these articles often rely on dense philosophical jargon; if familiar with the terminology, readers will find original additions to the animal ethics discussion. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty. --Margaret Alison Betz, Rutgers University, Camden

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review