Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum bring together an all-star cast of contributors to explore the legal and political issues that underlie the campaign for animal rights and the opposition to it. Addressing ethical questions about ownership, protection against unjustified suffering, and the ability of animals to make their own choices free from human control, the authors offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one's ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals is being fundamentally rethought. This book offers a state-of-the-art treatment of that rethinking.
Cass R. Sunstein is Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Together, they previously edited Clones and Cloning. They are frequent contributors to popular journals and newspapers. Sunstein's recent books include Why Societies Need Dissent and Designing Democracy; Nussbaum is recently author of Upheavals of Thought and For Love of Country.
Introduction: What Are Animal Rights? ; PART I: CURRENT DEBATES ; 1. Animal Rights, One Step At A Time ; 2. Animal Rights: Legal, Philosophical, and Pragmatic Perspectives ; 3. Ethics Beyond Species and Beyond Instincts: A Reply to Richard Posner ; 4. Eating Meat and Eating People ; 5. Taking Animal Interests Seriously ; 6. Animals As Objects, or Subjects, of Rights ; 7. Drawing Lines ; 8. All Animals Are Not Equal: The Interface Between Scientific Knowledge and Legislation for Animal Rights ; PART II: NEW DIRECTIONS ; 9. Foxes in the Hen House: Animals, Agribusiness, and the Law ; 10. A New Property Status for Animals: Equitable Self-Ownership ; 11. Can Animals Sue? ; 12. Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights ; 13. Animal Rights and the Values of Nonhuman Life ; 14. "Beyond Compassion and Humanity": Justice for Non-Human Animals
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