In Search of Consistency

Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground

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In Search of Consistency

Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground

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ISBN : 9789004147256
Publisher: Brill (October 2006)

If life is precious, then all life is precious.

In Search of Consistency

This book is about consistency in moral practice with regard to our treatment of life.

In Search of Consistency

Establishing moral codes that respect and protect the comparatively weak from the strong is one of the definitive duties of moral philosophy.

In Search of Consistency

In Search of Consistency provides a critical examination of the work of four groundbreaking scholars in four core branches of anymal ethics, namely,

Each of these scholars developed a systematic account of animal ethics in their specialized field of study, providing four unique visions of ethics with regard to egregious contemporary exploitation of anymals.

The latter portion of In Search of Consistency focuses a moral lens on flagrant inconsistencies that have become standard practice for industrialized nations, specifically, the high value placed on human life in comparison with moral indifference to all other life forms. Chapter 8 examines contemporary ethics with an eye to ascertaining where certain life-affirming ethics might ultimately lead if consistently applied and carried to their logical conclusion across species. The goal of chapter 8 is to consistently apply ethical principles currently held with regard to human life to all life. Should life be maintained against great odds at tremendous cost, or ought we to be more accepting of human deaths, as we are the deaths of individuals from other species?

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Introduction to In Search of Consistency

“A bold new vision for animal rights”

“Dr. Lisa Kemmerer offers up a thoughtful critique of existing animal rights philosophies and goes one step further, turning those critiques into a thoughtful and thought-provoking new philosophy. This carefully researched and lovingly crafted book is refreshing in its straightforward approach and unyielding intent to create a more just world for all living beings.”

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In light of a comparatively inclusive dominant ethic concerning human life and moral standing, and in light of the conspicuous absence of any morally relevant distinction between all humans and every other living entity, the conclusion is inescapable: All living entities ought to be acknowledged as morally considerable.

In Search of Consistency