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In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier

In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier

Thomas I. White

ISBN: 978-1-405-15779-7

Jul 2007

248 pages

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$32.95

Description

Have humans been sharing the planet with other intelligent life for millions of years without realizing it? In Defense of Dolphins combines accessible science and philosophy, surveying the latest research on dolphin intelligence and social behavior, to advocate for their ethical treatment.
  • Encourages a reassessment of the human-dolphin relationship, arguing for an end to the inhuman treatment of dolphins
  • Written by an expert philosopher with almost twenty-years of experience studying dolphins
  • Combines up-to-date research supporting the sophisticated cognitive and emotional capacities of dolphins with entertaining first-hand accounts
  • Looks at the serious questions of intelligent life, ethical treatment, and moral obligation
  • Engaging and thought-provoking
Prologue: Why does a philosopher study dolphins?.

1. Dolphins: The Philosophical Questions.

2. The Anatomy and Physiology of Living in the Water.

3. Do Dolphins Think and Feel?.

4. Can Dolphins Solve Problems and Understand Language?.

5. Dolphin Social Intelligence.

6. What Kind of Beings are Dolphins?.

7. Ethics and Human/Dolphin Contact.

Epilogue.

""Everyone who is interested in Cetaceans and respects them has to read this book."" (Mammalia, 2011)

“This humbling book is a must-read for anyone who respects cetaceans and would like to step back from preconceived anthropocentric notions to learn more about these ‘people of the sea.’” (Animal Welfare Institute, June 2009)

""Thought-provoking … very readable and well laid out … (White) raises some important issues regarding the way we view other species.""
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

“White is a distinguished, well-published philosopher…His book is clearly written, carefully reasoned, and easily read. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
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  • Encourages a reassessment of the human-dolphin relationship, arguing for an end to the inhuman treatment of dolphins
  • Written by an expert philosopher with almost twenty-years of experience studying dolphins
  • Combines up-to-date research supporting the sophisticated cognitive and emotional capacities of dolphins with entertaining first-hand accounts
  • Looks at the serious questions of intelligent life, ethical treatment, and moral obligation
  • Engaging and thought-provoking