The Moral Equality of Humans and Animals

2016.01.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark H. Bernstein, The Moral Equality of Humans and Animals, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 153pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.01.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark H. Bernstein, The Moral Equality of Humans and Animals, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 153pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780230276628. Reviewed by Bernard Rollin, Colorado State University One of the greatest values inherent in philosophical activity is that it forces a reconsideration of many of the assumptions that we accept as axiomatic and take for granted. This is true throughout the history of philosophy: Parmenides (and his disciple Zeno) forced us to realize that we thoroughly did not understand the nature of motion by raising questions that remain in some senses still problematic today. Descartes (and his mentor, Plato) forced us, as against common sense, to question the degree to which sense experience provides a reliable basis for knowledge. Hume showed us that even our knowledge of the self could not be coherently explicated. And such forced re-examination of our assumptions is at least as operative. . .

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