Strangers to Nature: Animal Lives and Human Ethics

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Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker
Lexington Books, 2012 - History - 280 pages
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Strangers to Nature challenges a reading public that has grown complacent with the standard framework of the animal ethics debate. Human influence on, and the control of, the natural world has greater consequences than ever, making the human impact on the lives of animals more evident. We cannot properly interrogate our conduct in the world without a deeper understanding of how our actions affect animals. It is crucial that the human-animal relationship become more central to ethical inquiry. This volume brings together many of the leading scholars who work to redefine and expand the discourse on animal ethics. The contributors examine the radical developments that change how we think about the status of non-human animals in our society and our moral obligations. Strangers to Nature will engage both scholars and lay-people by revealing the breadth of theorizing about current human/non-human animal relationships.

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Part I Incorporating New Ethical Traditions
Part II Extending and Critiquing the Discourse
Part III Developing New Ethical Grounds
Appendix Voices for Animals A Fantasy on Animal Representation
List of Contributors

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Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker is the Managing Editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture.