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Overview

Animal lovers in today's 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 animal 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 earth's 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 Descartes's dinner menu to Montezuma's albino zoo and the author's 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"You may not agree with her conclusions, but Animalkind containsthoughtprovoking, careful, articulate philosophy . . . This bookwould be useful for courses in applied ethics or simply for anyoneinterested in addressing challenging arguments regarding animalwelfare and advocacy." (Philosophy in Review, 1 August 2011)

"The book is excellent reading for those with no prior exposureto the relevant philosophical literature and could be used for aportion of an introductory level course in contemporary moralissues." (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October2010)"Jean Kazez's 2010 book Animalkind: What We Owe To Animalsmanages to breath a bit of fresh air into many of the debates overour ethical duties and commitments toward other animals."(Between the Species, August 2010)

"Kazez has a superb, easy style, and is in full command of thematerial, at least in terms of the facts....... The book has astrong and welcome personal flavour, enhanced by many interestinganecdotes and asides." (The Philosopher, September2010)

"Animalkind is a wonderful text for those who want tomake an intelligent historical argument for the ethical treatmentof animals but don't necessarily know how to go about it."(VegNews, October 2010)

"Kazez has many highly plausible things to say. The fascinatingspectrum of animal capacities is brought to the fore, and thereader is quickly convinced that even if they are instinctual,animals are also highly cognitive creatures, capable of thinking,feeling and awareness. The arguments she presents are intelligentand convincing. Kazez writes in an enjoyable and accessiblefashion, and wit and humour are used generously. Combined with manyfruitful arguments, this makes the book a good read for anybodycurious about whether it is, indeed, morally justifiable to eat oneanimal and love another." (Times Higher Education, April2010)

"Recent philosophers say that animals are like us ... and wemust therefore treat them with the respect owed to human beings.Jean Kazez explores a middle path between these views in her book,Animalkind. Animals aren’t just things ... we have totreat them with all due respect ... .It's complicated, and you haveto think things through carefully, case by case. Kazez takes theworld’s ragged edges seriously. The result is a readable,compelling, and thought-provoking account of our difficultrelationship to animals. Kazez sees many shades of grey, all thewhile guided by a certain notion of respect. Kazez knows that westruggle to be good,and it’s not an all-or-nothing affair.It’s the effort of a philosopher doing honest work in theworld." (The Philosopher's Magazine, March 2010)

"What's the right way to look at animals? Kazez ... examinesthis moral dichotomy in the new entry in Blackwell's PublicPhilosophy series. In examining the human-animal divide inindigenous myth and in philosophers' thoughts ...  .Kazezbrings the reader to a central question: are humans and animals ontwo different moral planes? In well-written prose, the authornavigates the minefields of different philosophers' takes on thevalue of animals and of whether or not people and animals are ofequal value. What difference does it make to save one individualanimal or for one person to decided to follow a vegetarianlifestyle? With a well-annotated bibliography, this is an excellentplace to begin a trek through the thorny issue of animal rights."(Booklist, February 2010)

"In this cogently argued book, Kazez explores how we shouldtreat other animals. The central theme is respect. Kazez takes afresh, often funny, look at difficult issues." (BBC WildlifeMagazine, February 2010)

"Presents a thought-provoking foray into our complex andcontradictory relationship with animals." (TSO, January2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405199377
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Series: CourseSmart Series , #12
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction Wondering in Alaska 1

Pt. I Before 7

1 The Myth of Consent 9

2 The Order of Things 19

Pt. II The Nature of the Beast 35

3 Animal Consciousness 37

4 Dumb Brutes? 54

Pt. III All Due Respect 77

5 The Lives of Animals 79

6 Caveman Ethics 100

Pt. IV Moral Disorders 117

7 Going, Going, Wrong 119

8 Science and Survival 136

Pt. V Next 157

9 Vanishing Animals 159

10 The Endless Story 172

Annotated Sources 184

Acknowledgments 199

Index 200

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