Author: Jean Kazez
Translator: Eun-jin Yoon
Publisher: Chaeg Ingneun Suyoil
352 pages | 223*152mm
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About This Book
By exploring the ethical differences between humans and animals, Animalkind establishes a middle ground between egalitarianism and outright dismissal of animal rights.
A thought-provoking foray into our complex and contradictory relationship with animals
Advocates that we owe each animal due respect
Offers readers a sensible alternative to extremism by speaking of respect and compassion for animals, not rights
Balances philosophical analysis with intriguing facts and engaging tales
From the Back Cover
Animal lovers in todayís world are a curious breed. Many dote on their dogs and cats, demand equal rights for horses and apes ? and then happily devour pigs and chickens. So how are we truly supposed to think of and treat animals? Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals explores the crucial ethical differences between humans and animals. Occupying the middle ground between extreme egalitarianism and outright dismissal, the book instead advocates a position of respect for animals, treatment not afforded to the current inhabitants of factory farms and animal labs.
Starting from the beginning, when animals were first used as resources, Kazez takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of animal exploitation. After illustrating how the relatively benign exploitation of animals became malignant, she reveals the startling fact that livestock and feedcrops now occupy a full third of the earthís land surface. With so many animals at our mercy ? and the environment hanging in the balance ? there is more reason than ever to take a fresh look at our complex and contradictory relationship with animals.
While providing a serious philosophical discussion of a sensitive issue, the book also covers lighter topics, from Descartesís dinner menu to Montezumaís albino zoo and the authorís personal dietary struggles. Animalkind ultimately urges us to revere all forms of life, the human kind as well as the animal kind, while respecting important differences.
About the Author
Jean Kazez teaches philosophy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is the author of The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life (Blackwell, 2007) and has written about ethics, religion, happiness, and the arts for several magazines.
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