Understanding Philosophy was Tom’s first book, one that had not so much as a mention of animal rights. Instead, it was about major themes in traditional philosophy: God, freedom, and immortality — with claims to knowledge and logic resolutely assessed.
This book comprises four essays previously published roughly as presented here and four recent lectures newly published — all on moral questions. Regan believes that the questions have correct answers and that it is important to see why they are correct. All the essays concern the boundaries of the moral community; e.g., whether we have moral obligations toward nonhuman animals or special moral obligations toward children, etc.
Matters of Life and Death is a collection of original essays by leading philosophers devoted to the major moral issues of the day, including abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, famine, war, suicide, the environment, and animal rights.
Matters of Life and Death is also the first of a series of books in which Tom invited the best philosophers in the world to write original essays on the major moral issues of the day. The book was critically acclaimed and used widely in both undergraduate and graduate courses.