1792 - 1792: Thomas Taylor Despite Rousseau and Bentham,...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1792: Thomas Taylor Despite Rousseau and Bentham, the idea that animals did or ought to have rights remained ridiculous. When the British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, Thomas Taylor (1758– 1835), a Cambridge philosopher, responded with an anonymous tract called Vindication of the Rights of Brutes , intended as a reductio ad absurdum . Taylor took Wollstonecraft's arguments, and those of Thomas Paine 's Rights of Man (1790), and showed that they applied equally to animals, leading to the conclusion that animals have "intrinsic and real dignity and worth," a conclusion absurd enough, in his view, to discredit Wollstonecraft's and Paine's positions entirely. [25] [ edit ] 19th century: Emergence of jus animalium Further information: Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act 1822 , Cruelty to Animals Act 1835 , Cruelty to Animals Act 1849 , and Cruelty to Animals Act 1876
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
What could be more innocent than bull baiting , boxing, or dancing? — George Canning , British Foreign Secretary, April 1800. [26] The 19th century saw an explosion of interest in animal protection, particularly in England. Debbie Legge and Simon Brooman write that the educated classes became concerned about attitudes toward the old, the needy, children, and the insane, and that this concern was extended to non-humans. Before the 19th century, there had been prosecutions for poor treatment of animals, but only because of the damage
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course SCIENCE 103 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '12 term at American International.

Page1 / 7

1792 - 1792: Thomas Taylor Despite Rousseau and Bentham,...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online