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Darwin and the Animals – Peter Singer

The following is from a talk Peter Singer gave at the Ideas Festival in Bristol, 2009

What I will do is say a little bit about Darwin and his impact on our thinking about animals, then say a little bit about how in light of Darwin we should be thinking about animals.

We start with the before-Darwin perceptions that we have because I think its important to look at what people were saying about animals to understand the difference that Darwin’s thought made. Obviously one of the classic texts is the pre-Darwinian account of the origins of the various animals in the classic verse of Genesis. • • •

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