Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature

Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature

by Marc Bekoff
     
 

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An engaging, thoughtful look at the science and ethics of research into animal behavior. See more details below

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An engaging, thoughtful look at the science and ethics of research into animal behavior.

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Publishers Weekly
Animal behaviorist, ecologist and ethicist Bekoff (Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior) presents a lengthy compilation of scientific papers and articles from journals like Scientific American on a range of subjects that, remarkably, coheres into a fascinating "big-picture view of animals, culture, and society." Bekoff's writings focus primarily on the science of cognitive ethology, on what animals think, feel and know-and most of the articles study the behavior of dogs; one of the most interesting pieces looks at the sounds and smells that can trigger primary emotions, such as innate fear, in canines. Overall, this collection serves as an excellent summation of the major theme of Bekoff's many books: "with hard work, we can make Earth a better place for all beings," primarily because of engaging introductory essays that connect five sections on animal emotions, social behaviors and ethics. These essays not only explain his concern for how humans "redecorate" nature by using animals for their own purposes but also achieve his goal of appealing to academic and popular audiences though his "musings" on science, social responsibility and "who we are in the grand scheme of things." (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this collection of essays, Bekoff (ecology & evolutionary biology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior) addresses various aspects of animal behavior (ethology) and the related treatment of animals. The subtitle reflects the intention of the work: to show that any interference with ecosystems or animal species ("redecorating") has undesirable effects on the world. Bekoff attempts to reconcile scientific studies of animals with the animal-rights philosophy of not treating animals as things. This is a unique concept and a difficult task, since such studies have traditionally involved interference in nature. Although primatologist Jane Goodall has written a foreword, the appeal of this book to popular audiences will be limited; about half of the essays come from advanced journals, and the rest are written at a college level. Recommended for academic libraries where there is an interest in ethology and animal rights.-John Kistler, Houston, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Serves as an excellent summation of the major theme of Bekoff's many books....These essays not only explain his concern for how humans 'redecorate' nature by using animals for their own purposes but also achieve his goal of appealing to academic and popular audiences though his 'musings' on science, social responsibility and 'who we are in the grand scheme of things.'" —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592133482
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Animals Culture And Society Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Jane Goodall
Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues is a book for scientists and non-scientists alike. The writing is clear so that even complex subjects can be readily understood by the general public. Marc has the courage of his convictions and is an excellent spokesman for animals. He has learned so much from watching animals and empathizing with them, and by publishing this collection of essays, he hopes to share this knowledge with as many people as possible. I will share Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues with colleagues and friends around the world.

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