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

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

by Paul Waldau and Patton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231136439

ISBN-13: 9780231136433

Pub. Date: 04/20/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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

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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 humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live.

Contributors examine Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, African religions, traditions from ancient Egypt and early China, and Native American, indigenous Tibetan, and Australian Aboriginal traditions, among others. They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment. By grappling with the nature and ideological features of various religious views, the contributors cast religious teachings and practices in a new light. They reveal how we either intentionally or inadvertently marginalize "others," whether they are human or otherwise, reflecting on the ways in which we assign value to living beings.

Though it is an ancient concern, the topic of "Religion and Animals" has yet to be systematically studied by modern scholars. This groundbreaking collection takes the first steps toward a meaningful analysis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231136433
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
637,617
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsEssay AbstractsHeritage of Volume - Mary Evelyn TuckerPrologue - Loneliness and Presence - Thomas BerryIntroduction - Paul Waldau and Kimberly PattonPart IPart II

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