The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series

Animal Ethics and the Autonomous Animal Self

Authors: Thomas, Natalie

  • Broadens understanding of the agency and rights of animals in relation to the Kantian ideal of individuality
  • Enables readers to gain an overview of established theories, the extension of moral consideration towards animals and the challenge built against the meaning of autonomous individuality
  • Deepens readers'comprehension of animal rights by use of examples from the work of established theorists in animal ethics
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This book presents a radical and intuitive argument against the notion that intentional action, agency and autonomy are features belonging only to humans. Using evidence from research into the minds of non-human animals, it explores the ways in which animals can be understood as individuals who are aware of themselves, and the consequent basis of our moral obligations towards them.

The first part of this book argues for a conception of agency in animals that admits to degrees among individuals and across species. It explores self-awareness and its various levels of complexity which depend on an animals’ other mental capacities. The author offers an overview of some established theories in animal ethics including those of Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Bernard Rollin and Lori Gruen, and the ways these theories serve to extend moral consideration towards animals based on various capacities that both animals and humans have in common. The book concludes by challenging traditional Kantian notions of rationality and what it means to be an autonomous individual, and discussing the problems that still remain in the study of animal ethics.

About the authors

Natalie Thomas teaches Philosophy, Ethics and Media Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber, in Toronto, Canada. She is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK.

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“In this well-researched examination of animal selfhood, Thomas … explores the designation of ‘self’ as reserved for humans only. She identifies agency, self-awareness, and autonomy as the grounds for ownership of direct moral obligation, and she points out that some animals possess some of these characteristics. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (M. A. Betz, Choice, Vol. 54 (10), June, 2017)


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eBook £80.00
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Hardcover £100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58684-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Ethics and the Autonomous Animal Self
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58685-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58685-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58684-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 177
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