By John Simons
This ebook addresses the query of animal rights within the context of literary feedback. operating from a devoted place it asks what literary experiences might seem like if animal rights have been taken heavily. It deals severe surveys of the most topics within the historical past of animal rights and a few of the extra vital modern positions including readings of a variety of literary texts from classical antiquity via to the current day.
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14 By setting the practical aspects of his ﬁeld to one side, Regan leaves himself free to concentrate on philosophical and ethical matters. So what is the core of Regan’s argument? He begins by making a case for the idea that animals have an awareness of the world. 15 He then argues that it is possible and proper to view animals as individuals who not only have a consciousness but also a self-consciousness of their place in the world. From this it follows that animals have a ‘welfare’ and can experience the difference between good experiences and bad experiences.
Animal Liberation is, in essence, an extended and occasionally emotive polemic designed to awaken the conscience of the reader and to provoke him or her into action or a change of life. The Case for Animal Rights, on the other hand, is a measured treatise which is much more explicitly aimed at the academic reader than Animal Liberation. It is designed to set out a closely argued philosophical case for the attribution of rights to animals and to analyse what the nature of those rights might or might not be.
In this much, it is not relevant here to analyse the details of Linzey’s position. The Animal in Some Contemporary Thought 35 The second half of Linzey’s book is concerned to show the iniquity of animal experimentation, genetic engineering, meat eating and hunting. In this his approach is not unlike Stephen Clark’s (or indeed Tom Regan’s, with whom he has collaborated on a number of books) in that the theological justiﬁcation of animal rights and a concern for animal welfare is related to a series of practical concerns and to the supplementary theology which needs to be deployed in order to articulate them in a self-consistent manner.