Department/School

Philosophy

Abstract

Michael A. Fox has recently recanted the views he published in The Case for Animal Experimentation. His admissions that the thesis of his book was arbitrary and the view expressed arrogant are as eloquent and moving as they are unusual. Why, then, if the author has renounced the position of the book, would a discussion of it be of interest? The most obvious reason is that the book will stand on its own, regardless of the author's current position, to do whatever good or ill books can do. There will inevitably be those who maintain that the old Fox is wiser than the new one, as there are those who prefer the Wittgenstein of the Tractatus to the Wittgenstein of the Philosophical Investigations. Additionally, there are certain lessons to be learned from careful examination of this book that go beyond the arbitrariness and arrogance of its thesis, and so are all the more likely to be passed over in the wake of Fox's renunciation.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Between the Species

Publication Date

Spring 1988

Volume

44

Issue

2

Pages

112-123

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.15368/bts.1988v4n2.6

Document Version

Publisher's version

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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