Animal Minds, Animal Souls, Animal Rights

Animal Minds, Animal Souls, Animal Rights

By: James V. Parker (author)Paperback

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Animal Minds, Animal Souls, Animal Rights explores the thinking of philosophers and theologians about controversies concerning animal consciousness and animal rights. The book presents Bernard Lonergan's theory about consciousness and the operations of the mind-a theory about two types of knowing and desiring: one shared by humans and animals, and the other, which depends on the activity of asking questions, possessed by humans alone. The author tests this theory against present-day research with apes, and examines religious claims, historical and current, about animals. Animal Minds, Animal Souls, Animal Rights concludes by laying a philosophical and theological foundation for a contemporary ethic in which humans are obligated to exercise intelligent stewardship and ensure the compassionate treatment of animals.

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James V. Parker, Ph.D., retired professor of philosophy and theology, worked with biomedical scientists for seventeen years as public information officer at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. He co-authored The Animal Research War (Macmillan, 2007), and published several articles on animal rights in popular magazines and peer-reviewed journals, including Science.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Aminal Interests Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Animal Beliefs and Desires Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Conciousness and Cognition Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Desires and Values Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Human and Animal Minds Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Animal Rights Chapter 9 Chapter 7: God's Rights Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Animal Souls Chapter 11 Chapter 9: The Bible Chapter 12 Chapter 10: Animals in Western Thought Chapter 13 Chapter 11: Beyond Animal Rights: A Delicate Stewardship Chapter 14 Appendix: Synagogues, Churches, and Religions Chapter 15 Notes Chapter 16 Bibliography Chapter 17 Index Chapter 18 About the Author

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/07/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780761851776
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 166
  • ID: 9780761851776
  • weight: 254
  • ISBN10: 0761851771

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