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Animal Bioethics
Principles and Teaching Methods
edited by M. Marie

The first part of the book is devoted to in-depth analyses of historical, philosophical, religious and cultural perspectives as well as of the driving forces in action.

In the second part, teaching objectives, strategies and methods are analyzed. Suggestions are given to be applied in teaching, training and communication. The methods proposed are mainly founded on case studies and problem-based learning.


A mirror of myself? Monist and dualist views of animals

  1. Monists and dualists
  2. The victory of the dualist position
  3. Animal similarities
  4. Natural scientific monism - ethical dualism
  5. Monist ethicists
  6. The defeat of humanist ethics

Religious resources for animal ethics?

  1. Western culture, religious traditions, and the destruction of the environment
  2. The Judeo-Christian heritage
  3. Christian transformation of Hellenistic thinking
  4. The modern transformation of philosophy
  5. Integrating the tradition?

Ethics, morals and law relative to animals

  1. Moral standards, ethical norms of behaviour and culture in human society
  2. Origin of ethics, culture and values in Western society
  3. Domestic animals in relation to morality, ethics and law
  4. The status of animals in the 21st century
  5. The role of humanity in the community of life

Animal Bioethics: Principles and Teaching Methods

The animal issue: diversity in values and thoughts

  1. The emergence of zoocentrism
  2. Anthropocentric counterattack
  3. Animal welfare and the moral status
  4. Moral deliberation
  5. Working with diversity

Animal integrity

  1. Integrity and zoocentric animal ethics
  2. Integrity and biocentric ethical theories
  3. Perception of animals in daily life and in science
  4. Aesthetics and ethics

The stockperson as a social partner to the animal? A stake for animal welfare

  1. Fear of people, ease of handling, animal welfare, production and product quality
  2. An example of research work: a study of beef cattle docility
  3. Good tools for good workers
  4. Good workers for good animals: the importance of the psychological characteristics of the stockperson
  5. Using the genetic variability for selecting the animals
  6. The importance of considering the human-animal interactions as a part of an inter-individual relationship
  7. The stockperson as a social partner for the farm animals?
  8. Some scientific concepts and facts
  9. Existence of sensitive periods to human contact in the farm ungulates’ life
  10. The importance of the social network in the development of the human-animal relationship

Associations are changing public opinion and breeding methods to improve animal well being

  1. Farm animals’ distress: a challenge for communication
  2. Consumer Associations in Alsace: from food safety to ethics
  3. Environmental protection associations: from biodiversity to well-being
  4. Animal protection associations: from pity to competence
  5. Farm animal welfare experts: from commercialising life to changing the system
  6. Education for ethics: from zootechnics to the practice of wellbeing

Trade regulations, market requirements and social pressures effects on introducing animal friendly livestock production systems

  1. Animal welfare

The human-animal relationship in higher scientific education and its ethical implications

  1. Place afforded to ethical questions
  2. Perception of animal
  3. The conflicting place of ethics

Teaching animal bioethics: pedagogic objectives

  1. Why should students on agricultural and veterinary higher education courses study ethics?
  2. What sort of ethics should students on agricultural and veterinary higher education courses study?
  3. How might ethics be taught to students on agricultural and veterinary higher education courses?

Teaching professional ethics: more than moral cognition alone

  1. From justification to implementation
  2. The fabric of moral behaviour
  3. The difficulty of teaching ethics
  4. Taking teaching animal ethics seriously

Teaching animal welfare to veterinary students

  1. Basic principles
  2. Farm animal housing and husbandry
  3. Transport and slaughter of farm animals
  4. Companion animals
  5. Laboratory animals
  6. Wildlife

Teaching ethics to agricultural and veterinary students: experiences from Denmark

  1. The societal need for agriculturalists and veterinarians to understand ethics
  2. The experience of running a course in bioethics for students of agricultural science and agricultural economics
  3. The experience of running a course in animal ethics for veterinary students
  4. A new course: Introductory philosophy of science for agricultural science, agricultural economics, and biotechnology students
  5. What is needed to set up interdisciplinary ethics courses?

What is your conception of ethics?

A questionnaire for engineer and science students

  1. Description of the questionnaire
  2. Use of the questionnaire in the classroom

An introduction to Problem-Based Learning and its application to an animal bioethics curriculum

  1. The problem
  2. The PBL model
  3. The facilitator
  4. The tutorial process
  5. The tutorial group

The construction and application of cases in bioethics educatio

  1. Practical skills and theoretical background
  2. Phases in the educational process
  3. Educational goals
  4. Different types of cases: illustrative procedures and games

The ethical matrix: a framework for teaching ethics to bioscience students

  1. The theoretical background
  2. An Ethical Matrix
  3. Aims and limitations
  4. Application of the Ethical Matrix to the case of bovine somatotrophin
  5. Competent moral judges
  6. Worldviews

The use of the reflective equilibrium method of moral reasoning in teaching animal and veterinary ethics

  1. Course in animal and veterinary ethics
  2. The reflective equilibrium method of moral reasoning
  3. Reasoning about a concrete moral problem
  4. Moral thinking and clinical thinking

Index: Animal bioethics: cases, situations
Index: Teaching objectives, strategies, methods
Index: Philosophical schools, concepts, authors

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Principles and Teaching Methods
edited by M. Marie

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