The Souls of Animals

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New World Library, 2007 - Nature - 159 pages
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In this revised edition of his celebrated book, Gary Kowalski grapples with the big spiritual questions around our relationship with animals — whether they have souls, self-consciousness, awareness of death, a capacity for recognizing beauty and creating art. Ultimately, he asks, what do we lose in a world without animals, and what does that mean for our ongoing relationships with the creatures with whom we share our world? Souls of Animals addresses these and a variety of related topics in beautifully written vignettes. Kowalski explores how animals play, their sense of altruism, their selfless ability to love. By "de-sacrilizing" animals, he argues, we make ourselves less human. The book contains thoughtful ideas for rituals and ceremonies, spiritual guidance, and readings and poems to use for solace in case a pet dies. “If we are to keep our family homestead — Earth — safe for coming generations,” writes Kowalski, “we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life."

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In a concise and carefully considered argument, Kowalski gives his own perception of not only the souls of animals, but the place of animals in this world and the relation of animals to our own ... Read full review

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Tom Regan is professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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