Beyond Animal Rights: A Feminist Caring Ethic for the Treatment of Animals

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Feminists have criticized contemporary animal advocacy theory for its reliance on natural rights doctrine and utilitarianism, which, they claim, have a masculine bias (rights and rules) that denies the morality of responsibility (caring). In eight scholarly essays, writers explore the ethics of care as applied to animals. To Deane Curtin, eco-feminism is the position that there are important connections between the domination of women and the domination of nature. Brian Luke finds that justice-based arguments for animal liberation have failed. On the treatment of companion and domestic animals, Rita Manning says the appropriate moral attitude is humility and care. Kenneth Shapiro profiles an animal rights activist; Josephine Donovan discusses sympathy as a basis for ethical treatment of animals; and Carol Adams looks beyond animal rights. Readers versed in feminist literature may find this volume a valuable addition to the genre; it may be too abstruse for others. (Jan.)
Contains eight contributions which extend feminist ethic-of-care theory to the issue of animal well-being. As a group, the essays aim to suggest ways that theorists can move beyond the notion of animal "rights" to establish care as a basis for the ethical treatment of animals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826408365
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 13
The Liberation of Nature: A Circular Affair (1985) 17
Animal Rights and Feminist Theory (1990) 34
Toward an Ecological Ethic of Care (1991) 60
Justice, Caring, and Animal Liberation (1992) 77
Caring for Animals (1992) 103
The Caring Sleuth: Portrait of an Animal Rights Activist (1994) 126
Attention to Suffering: Sympathy as a Basis for Ethical Treatment of Animals (1994) 147
Caring about Suffering: A Feminist Exploration (1995) 170
Selected Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 197
Notes on Contributors 202
Index 205
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