Animals & Ethics 101

Nathan Nobis. Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights. Open Philosophy Press, 2016. 

Buy the book on Amazon in paperback for $5.99 or Kindle for $2.99, or download the book for free

Available through

Animals and Ethics 101 helps readers identify and evaluate the arguments for and against various uses of animals, such as: 
  • Is it morally wrong to experiment on animals? Why or why not? 
  • Is it morally permissible to eat meat? Why or why not? 
  • Are we morally obligated to provide pets with veterinary care (and, if so, how much?)? Why or why not? 

And other challenging issues and questions. Developed as a companion volume to an online "Animals & Ethics" course, it is ideal for classroom use, discussion groups or self study. The book presupposes no conclusions on these controversial moral questions about the treatment of animals, and argues for none either. Its goal is to help the reader better engage the issues and arguments on all sides with greater clarity, understanding and argumentative rigor. Nathan Nobis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA USA.

Take a look at the . . 

Here are the materials I used in the course, such as the Syllabus, List of Readings and the Lectures, which were turned into this book.

I also made a series of informal videos to accompany the course:

Pre-week video

Week 1 - Introduction to the Issues

Week 1 - another version

Week 2 - Animals' Minds

Week 3 - Arguments in Defense of Animals

Logically Valid Syllogisms:

Week 4: Arguments 'Against' Animals

Arguments 'Against' Animals, Part 2:

Week 7: Pets, Zoos, Hunting, and other uses of animals


  1. The last video does not have any audio.

  2. Thank you for alerting me to this. I'll try to figure out what might have happened.