Tom was a prolific writer. Among his books, three are considered the most important in understanding his life work: The Case for Animal Rights (1983); Bloomsbury’s Prophet: G. E. Moore and the Development of his Moral Philosophy (1986); and Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights (2004).
When it was first published, The Case for Animal Rights was immediately recognized as a “modern classic.” “Unquestionably the best work yet to appear in its field,” one reviewer wrote; “beyond question the most important philosophical contribution to animal rights,” wrote a second; “[b]y far the best work on the subject, and will continue to be the definitive work for years to come,” wrote a third. Translated into Italian, Swedish, and Dutch soon after its original publication, The Case for Animal Rights was published in Chinese in 2010. A second edition of Case, with a new Introduction, was published by the University of California Press in 2004. Empty Cages was translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and Swedish.
Other books by Tom that explore and defend animal rights are:
- All That Dwell Therein: Essays on Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics (1982)
- Animal Sacrifices: Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science (1986)
- The Struggle for Animal Rights (1987)
- The Thee Generation: Reflections on the Coming Revolution (1991)
- Defending Animal Rights (2001)
- The Animal Rights Debate, with Carl Cohen (2001)
- Animal Rights, Human Wrongs: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy (2004)
For its part, Bloomsbury’s Prophet helped re-energize and redirect scholarship on G. E. Moore in particular and the study of early twentieth-century British philosophy in general. In addition to Bloomsbury’s Prophet, Tom’s other major contributions to Moorean scholarship were Moore: The Early Essays (1987) and G. E. Moore: The Elements of Ethics (1991). He was co-founder and past president of the Moore Society.
Tom co-edited with philosopher Peter Singer the groundbreaking Animal Rights and Human Obligations (1976), and Animals and Christianity: A Book of Readings (2007) and Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature (2010) with Rev. Andrew Linzey. Tom’s work on animal rights was the subject of considerable critical analysis over more than three decades. The most recent volume to examine his thinking and contribution is The Moral Rights of Animals, edited by Mylan Engel, Jr. and Gary Lynn Comstock (2016).
In 2014, Tom revisited a passion that had animated him before he became a philosopher: writing fiction. He published two books of short stories: A Better Life and Other Pittsburgh Stories and Maud’s Place and Other Southern Stories.
You can read some of the classic Tom Regan pamphlets below:
- Vegetarianism and Friendship
- The Philosophy of Animal Rights
- The Bird In The Cage: A Glimpse Of My Life