Ethics beyond Species and beyond Instincts: A Response to Richard Posner

Peter Singer

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This chapter responds to Richard Posner's commentaries on the author's view animal rights. It answers the question concerning the reasons for changing the law to entitle animals, and discusses Posner's view on the proper status of animals and on the wider question of the role that ethical argument should play in such questions. The chapter argues that human beings have the ability to go beyond instinct, and that theoretical arguments for rights, of the kind which Posner disparages, can in fact be persuasive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnimal Rights
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Debates and New Directions
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199850556
ISBN (Print)0195152174, 9780195305104
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Animal rights
  • Beyond instinct
  • Ethical argument
  • Law
  • Richard posner
  • Status of animals


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