Animal Pragmatism: Rethinking Human-nonhuman Relationships

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Erin McKenna, Andrew Light
Indiana University Press, 2004 - Nature - 254 pages
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What does American pragmatism contribute to contemporary debates about human-animal relationships? Does it acknowledge our connections to all living things? Does it bring us closer to an ethical treatment of all animals? What about hunting, vegetarianism, animal experimentation, and the welfare of farm animals? While questions about human relations with animals have been with us for millennia, there has been a marked rise in public awareness about animal issues--even McDonald's advertises that they use humanely treated animals as food sources. In Animal Pragmatism, 12 lively and provocative essays address concerns at the intersection of pragmatist philosophy and animal welfare. Topics cover a broad range of issues, including moral consideration of animals, the ethics of animal experimentation, institutional animal care, environmental protection of animal habitat, farm animal welfare, animal communication, and animal morals. Readers who interact with animals, whether as pets or on a plate, will find a robust and fascinating exploration of human-nonhuman relationships.

Contributors are James M. Albrecht, Douglas R. Anderson, Steven Fesmire, Glenn Kuehn, Todd Lekan, Andrew Light, John J. McDermott, Erin McKenna, Phillip McReynolds, Ben Minteer, Matthew Pamental, Paul Thompson, and Jennifer Welchman.


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Erin McKenna is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University. She is author of The Task of Utopia: A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective.

Andrew Light is Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy and Director of the Environmental Conservation Education Program at New York University. He is author of Film, Philosophy, and Social Criticism and co-author of many anthologies, including (with Eric Katz and David Rothenberg) Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology.

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