Animal Pragmatism

Animal Pragmatism

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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 issuesa€”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.In our times, scientists who use animals for research and advocates who work for animal welfare organizations seem to live in separate moral worlds. ... My argument presupposes a middle-ground position between absolute permissibility of animal use and complete abolition. ... I do not, in this essay, specify the precise qualifications A Pragmatist Case for Animal Advocates on Institutional Animal Careanbsp;...

Title:Animal Pragmatism
Author:Erin McKenna, Andrew Light
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2004


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