Animal Pragmatism: Rethinking Human-Nonhuman Relationships

Animal Pragmatism: Rethinking Human-Nonhuman Relationships

by Erin McKenna
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253216939
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,182,078
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword John J. McDermott
Introduction: Why Pragmatism? Erin McKenna and Andrew Light
Part 1. Pragmatism Considering Animals
1. "What Does Rome Know of Rat and Lizard?": Pragmatic Mandates for Considering Animals in Emerson, James and Dewey James M. Albrecht
2. Dewey and Animal Ethics Steven Fesmire
3. Overlapping Horizons of Meaning: A Deweyan Approach to the Moral Standing of Nonhuman Animals Phillip McReynolds
4. Peirce's Horse: A Sympathetic Bond Douglas. R. Anderson
Part 2. Pragmatism, the Environment, Hunting, and Farming
5. Beyond Considerability: The Environmental Ethics-Animal Rights Debate as a Problematic Situation Ben Minteer
6. Methodological Pragmatism, Animal Welfare, and Hunting Andrew Light
7. Getting Pragmatic About Farm Animal Welfare Paul Thompson
8. Pragmatism and the Production of Livestock Erin McKenna
Part 3. Pragmatism on Animals as Cures, Companions, and Calories
9. Dewey on Animal Experimentation Jennifer Welchman
10. Pragmatism and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees Todd Lekan
11. Pragmatism and Pets Matthew Pamental
12. Dining on Fido: Death, Identity, and the Dilemma of Eating Animals Glenn Kuehn
Contributors
Index

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