A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

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Paul Waldau, Kimberley Patton
Columbia University Press, May 22, 2009 - Religion - 720 pages

A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into the relationship between human beings and animals, and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live.

 

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Contents

mary evelyn tucker 1 The Jewish Relationship to the Animal World
91
Caught with ourselves in the gary steiner
117
jay mcdaniel
132
Pure Bodies Towards an Ecology of Being zayn kassam
160
Daoism
275
Buddhism PART V
309
A Deep Appreciation
461
the Australian Wild Dog From Cognition to Consciousness
481
john grim 373 Animal Experimentation
533
Values Profits and Ethics
556
Farming Without Culture
568
On the Dynamis ofAnimals or Law Social Justice and the Environment
583
Cruelty to Nonhuman Animals and
605
the Problem of Religion List of Contributors 657
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Paul Waldau is the director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston and is the author of The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals (Oxford). He is also co-chair of the Animals and Religion Consultation at the American Academy of Religion and president of the Religion and Animals Institute.

Kimberley Patton is professor of the comparative and historical study of religion at Harvard Divinity School, where she teaches a course on animals in religion. She is the author of several books, including most recently, The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean (Columbia).

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