This Book Club will give an overview of the different ethical theories (or lack of them) in relation to other animals as presented in the selected chapter. It is a good guide to grasp the basics.
We will read through the chapter “Ethical Theory and Animals” from the Tom Regan book Defending Animal Rights.

Chapter available on Google Books: Defending Animal Rights.
Contact us to get the full copy of the chapter.

“In any event, my task in accepting the assignment for the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, as I conceived it, was to write an overview of the animal rights debate, broadly conceived – to describe, that is, the main positions taken by those who have written on the relevant topics and to explain how the moral status of nonhuman animals plays an increasingly vital role in the assessment of competing ethical theories.” (Tom Regan, Page 2)

Regan asks the questions, “First, what are the grounds for morally limiting human freedom when it comes to human interactions with non human animals? Second, how extensive are these moral limits on moral freedom?” He does so as he looks at Perfectionism, Despotism and Stewardship, Contractarianism, Kantianism, Utilitarianism, The Rights View, Deep Ecology, and Ecofeminism.

Where: Cornucopia (upstairs), 19/20 Wicklow St, Dublin 2.
Time: 6.30-8.30pm.
When: 24h August
Price: Free

The Book-Club will meet to discuss the selected chapter. Everyone is welcome to express their thoughts.
Further discussion is available on the Book Club’s Facebook Group Page.

A Book-Club is where a group of people get together to discuss a book; express their opinions and ask questions.

Animal Equality, Language and Liberation by Joan Dunayer will be available to buy at cost at this Book Club. This is the next book we will read from 7th September. Read more about this book: