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Putting the Horse Before Descartes


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Prologue: The Beginning
1. Life in New York
2. Coming to CSU: The Start of My Animal Career
3. Veterinary Medicine
4. Ethics, Veterinary Medical Ethics, and Emerging Animal Ethics
5. The New Social Ethic for Animals: A Philosophical Approach to Animal Ethics
6. Companion Animals and Animal Advocates
7. Creating Law for Animal Research
8. The Deeper Meaning of the Laws
9. A Philosopher Looks at Scientific Ideology
10. Ideology and Consciousness
11. Ethical Issues in Animal Research and the Research-Animal Laws: Successes and Inadequacies
12. Pain and Ideology
13. Biotechnology
14. Animal Agriculture: Cowboys and Husbandry
15. Industrial Agriculture
16. Changing Industrial Agriculture
17. Odds, Beginnings, and Ends

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A pioneer in animal ethics tells his story

About the Author

Bernard E. Rollin is Colorado State University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and University Bioethicist. He is the author of more than 500 articles and fifteen books, the most recent of which is Science and Ethics. In 2005, Dr. Rollin was awarded the Henry Spira Award by the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.


"...the story of his courageous struggle against animal cruelty and abuse, both professional and personal...In this book, he criticizes scientific ideology for being "ethics-free" and speaks out against the (then) common denial by scientists of animal pain and consciousness." - Andrew Linzey Times Literary Supplement "The book is useful not least because it provides an extensive reprise of Rollin's published work - on animal ethics, the relationship between science and ethics, biotechnology, and the industrialization of agriculture... Much of Rollin's book is an account of his attempts to influence decision makers and those working directly with animals. Rollin is right to point out that in his lifetime the treatment of animals has been transformed from being a matter of personal morality to a matter of social, and therefore political, concern. To this extent, the book serves as a valuable study of the emergence of an important political issue and a social movement designed to promote it. It is also a lesson in effective advocacy...[T]his is a book that can be highly recommended to anyone who wants an introductory account of the key issues in the increasingly important debate about our treatment of animals. It serves as a powerful testament to a life devoted to improving their lives and deaths." - Robert Garner, The Review of Politics "Woven into this memoir's abundant humor are heavy doses of skepticism, delightful irreverences and unexpected turns, all of which permit Rollin to indulge his penchant for insights exhibiting common sense often expressed in a localized, colorful way of speaking... [T]his book amounts to much more than mere autobiography... It also provides detail and perspective important to the history of the worldwide social movement known variously as 'animal protection' or 'animal rights.'... [W]onderfully idiosyncratic and yet fully attuned to the value of reflective thinking, [Rollin] provides a realistic, humble, and fulfilling view of humans in connection with other-than-human lives." - Anthrozoos, September 2013 "Through his descriptions of encounters with the various factions of people who work with living creatures, Rollin exposes the misconceptions that have taken root in the minds of animal scientists, veterinarians, biomedical researchers, companion animal caregivers, and others. The author critically and logically exposes the faulty reasoning that is still too often used to justify the inappropriate treatment of animals today... With each chapter, the readers' ability to reason through ethical problems is enhanced... Perhaps most gratifying to some readers is that real solutions to animal welfare problems are identified and put into practice in this book, demonstrating that philosophers do more than simply think about problems... This book will prove entertaining and educational for anyone who likes or works with animals." - Journal of Animal Ethics

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