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By J. Simons

This publication addresses the query of animal rights within the context of literary feedback. operating from a dedicated place, it asks the query, 'What might literary stories seem like if we took animal rights seriously?' It bargains serious surveys of the most issues within the historical past of animal rights and a few of the extra very important modern positions including readings of a variety of literary texts from classical antiquity to the current day.

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Better: which story is already telling us? 43 This is not a usual way of exploring the nature of animal consciousness. It does, however, have the signal merit of escaping the humancentred paradigm by which all post-Enlightenment philosophy – even that which is radically anti-humanistic – is configured. This leads Clark to a dependence on a reality that is both knowable in ourselves and understandable in others, both human and non-human. This real world is not controllable but it is something about which we know a good deal even if we like to pretend that we do not.

It is designed to set out a closely argued philosophical case for the attribution of rights to animals and to analyse what the nature of those rights might or might not be. Regan spends much of his time in a careful and dense critical survey of the nature of the intellectual problem. This is not to say that his work is not committed in the way that Singer’s is, but rather that Regan is attempting to open up a different kind of discourse. This is understandable as he would not, I think, wish to contest the factual, or even, at the basic level, the political, accuracy of Singer’s lengthy account of farming practices etc.

It is, however, necessary to understand that this status is not self-evident and that the different approaches to animals adopted by different texts may be theorisable within one of the frameworks described in this chapter. It should be said now though that, in most cases, that theorisation will be left to the reader. 3 Animal Rights in History: A Survey In this chapter I shall be reviewing the work of some of the more important thinkers who contributed to the development of an animal rights consciousness in the past.

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