Against Liberation: Putting Animals in Perspective

Routledge (1991)
This timely and provocative book examines the theories behind the most commonly held contemporary assumptions about animal rights. Focusing on the writings of prominent pro-liberation activists such as Peter Singer, Tom Regan and Mary Midgley, Michael P. T. Leahy argues that the animal rights movement is based upon a series of fundamental misconceptions about the basic nature of animals--beliefs which define them rationally, emotionally, and morally in too human terms. Leahy gives particular emphasis to the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein and his highly influential philosophy of language, and concludes that much of our talk about animals is dangerously anthropomorphic and encourages us to elevate them to quasi-human status. He examines such crucial issues as animal experimentation, the use of animals for food and fur, animals in captivity and vegetarianism.
Keywords Animal rights  Animal welfare Moral and ethical aspects
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Reprint years 1993, 1994
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Call number HV4708.L43 1994
ISBN(s) 0415103169   9780415103169     9780415035842
DOI 10.1086/293565
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