Animals and science :a guide to the debates: ebook
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Niall Shanks, Animals and science :a guide to the debates (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002), xxi, 380 p.
Introduction: Man and beast in nature -- The essence of the problem: medieval legacies -- Gut feelings: anatomy and physiology in the Renaissance -- Minds, machines, and bodies: intelligent design in nature? -- Of mice and monkeys: the moral relevance of animal pain -- The job of physiology: animals in Nineteenth-Century medicine -- By accident or design: Darwin's theory of evolution -- Darwinism developed: the ontogeny of an idea -- The mouse as man writ small: animals in modern medicine -- Mice, mazes, and minds: explaining animal behavior -- The evolution of consciousness: a question of animal pain -- Animals through the looking glass: language and self-consciousness -- Documents.
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Examines the debates, from the Renaissance to the present, surrounding issues of animal rights, consciousness, and self-awareness.
Niall Shanks, the Curtis D. Gridley Distinguished Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science at Wichita State University, held a joint appointment with the departments of History and Philosophy. He died July 13, 2011, after a long illness. Shanks was the first Gridley Distinguished professor at WSU, and taught courses on science and technology for the History Department. Born in England, Professor Shanks received a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy from the University of Leeds in 1979, an M. Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Alberta in 1987. Shanks authored several books and numerous articles on the history and philosophy of science, including "God, the Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory." Shanks’ most recent book (co-authored with Ray Greek, MD) was "Animal Models in the Light of Evolution." He was also in demand as an authoritative public lecturer on topics regarding biological science and history, and was lauded for his wit as well as his expertise. At the time of his death, Shanks' research interests were focused on evolutionary biology and its implications for medical theory and practice from the standpoint of history of science and of research methodology. Shanks was the Vice-President of the Americans for Medical Advancement and a former president of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ("Remembering Niall Shanks" , Department of History)