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Animal Rights

Current Debates and New Directions

Edited by Cass R. Sunstein and Martha C. Nussbaum

Publication Date - November 2005

ISBN: 9780195305104

352 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $29.95

"This is a veritable hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy of animal rights and animal welfare. Anyone genuinely concerned about the creatures who are our kin will have to read this book from cover to cover."--Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School


Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum bring together an all-star cast of contributors to explore the legal and political issues that underlie the campaign for animal rights and the opposition to it. Addressing ethical questions about ownership, protection against unjustified suffering, and the ability of animals to make their own choices free from human control, the authors offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one's ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals is being fundamentally rethought. This book offers a state-of-the-art treatment of that rethinking.

About the Author(s)

Cass R. Sunstein is Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Together, they previously edited Clones and Cloning. They are frequent contributors to popular journals and newspapers. Sunstein's recent books include Why Societies Need Dissent and Designing Democracy; Nussbaum is recently author of Upheavals of Thought and For Love of Country.


"Eloquent essays."--The Atlantic Monthly

"...a wide range of thought-provoking responses....an accessible survey of the major ideas in this intellectually challenging debate."--The Federal Lawyer

"This collection of essays provides a fine introduction to a number of difficult and controversial questions. It is particularly strong in its treatment of the philosophical and legal issues that surround animal rights."--Science

"These 14 skillfully edited, high quality, and nicely balanced essays present a wide range of legal, political, and ethical perspectives on animal rights, and include some well-arranged sequences of competing arguments.... Recommended."--Choice

"Our society is in the midst of a major debate over animal rights, our duties, and the legal status of animals. This new compilation of essays has profoundly contributed to this debate.... Animal Rights is an incredible resource introducing readers to the basic issues in animal rights and highlighting directions animal advocates may go..."--Animal Law

"An important and thought-provoking work. Sunstein and Nussbaum illuminate issues that have the power to unite or divide those of us who care deeply about animals. By fostering better understanding, their book can help light the pathway to common ground."--Kathryn S. Fuller, President, World Wildlife Fund-US

"Several chapters...discuss political and legal changes that could drastically improve the lives of animals without giving them rights or personhood. ...This is a book political decision makers should read."--The Law and Politics Book Review

Table of Contents

    Introduction: What Are Animal Rights?, Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago
    Part I: Current Debates
    1. Animal Rights, One Step At A Time, Stephen M. Wise, Vermont Law School
    2. Animal Rights: Legal, Philosophical, and Pragmatic Perspectives, Richard A. Posner, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School
    3. Ethics Beyond Species and Beyond Instincts: A Reply to Richard Posner, Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
    4. Eating Meat and Eating People, Cora Diamond, Kenan Professor and University Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia
    5. Taking Animal Interests Seriously, Gary L. Francione, Professor of Law and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach Distinguished Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University School of Law--Newark
    6. Animals As Objects, or Subjects, of Rights, Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, Peter and Kirsten Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
    7. Drawing Lines, James Rachels, University Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    8. All Animals Are Not Equal: The Interface Between Scientific Knowledge and Legislation for Animal Rights, Lesley J. Rogers and Gisela Kaplan, both Professors of Neuroscience and Animal Behavior at the University of New England, Australia
    Part II: New Directions
    9. Foxes in the Hen House: Animals, Agribusiness, and the Law, David J. Wolfson, senior associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Lecturer in Law Harvard Law School, and adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Mariann Sullivan, Deputy Chief Court Attorney at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, former chair of the animal law committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    10. A New Property Status for Animals: Equitable Self-Ownership, David Favre: Professor, Michigan State University DCL College of Law
    11. Can Animals Sue?, Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago
    12. Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and long-term visitor, University of Chicago Law School
    13. Animal Rights and the Values of Nonhuman Life, Elizabeth Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    14. "Beyond Compassion and Humanity": Justice for Non-Human Animals, Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago