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Can animals be moral?

Author: Mark Rowlands
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Can animals act for moral reasons? Philosophical tradition answers, almost univocally, "no." Recent work in cognitive ethology, however, points in the other direction. Philosophical tradition has apparently convincing arguments on its side. But cognitive ethology can point to a growing body of empirical evidence that suggests these arguments must be wrong. This groundbreaking book assimilates both philosophical and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Rowlands
ISBN: 9780199842001 0199842000
OCLC Number: 772711848
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 259 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Can animals be moral? --
Attributing emotions to animals --
Moral agents, patients, and subjects --
The reflection condition: Aristotle and Kant --
The idiot --
The phenomenology of moral motivation --
Moral motivation and meta-cognition --
Moral reasons and practice --
Reconstructing normativity and agency --
A cognitive ethologist from Mars.
Responsibility: Mark Rowlands.

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Can animals act morally? Philosophical tradition answers 'no,' and has apparently convincing arguments on its side. Cognitive ethology supplies a growing body of empirical evidence that suggests  Read more...

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I would strongly recommend this book ... to those who are studying animal behaviour and to those who are working on ethics and moral status of animals. * Martin Whiting, Animal Welfare * An important Read more...

 
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