If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection With Animals / Edition 1

If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection With Animals / Edition 1

by Leslie Irvine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1592132413

ISBN-13: 9781592132416

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Temple University Press

Nearly everyone who cares about them believes that dogs and cats have a sense of self that renders them unique. Traditional science and philosophy declare such notions about our pets to be irrational and anthropomorphic. Animals, they say, have only the crudest form of thought and no sense of self at all. Leslie Irvine's If You Tame Me challenges these entrenched

Overview

Nearly everyone who cares about them believes that dogs and cats have a sense of self that renders them unique. Traditional science and philosophy declare such notions about our pets to be irrational and anthropomorphic. Animals, they say, have only the crudest form of thought and no sense of self at all. Leslie Irvine's If You Tame Me challenges these entrenched views by demonstrating that our experience of animals and their behavior tells a different story.

Dogs and cats have been significant elements in human history and valued members of our households for centuries. Why do we regard these companions as having distinct personalities and as being irreplaceable? Leslie Irvine looks closely at how people form "connections" with dogs and cats available in adoption shelters and reflects on her own relationships with animals. If You Tame Me makes a persuasive case for the existence of a sense of self in companion animals and calls upon us to reconsider our rights and obligations regarding the non-human creatures in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592132416
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Animals Culture And Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: To Know Them Is to Be Themvii
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: The Fox's Wisdom1
1How and Why12
2Them and Us33
3From Pets to Companion Animals57
4Looking at Animals/Glimpses of Selves78
5The Adopters: Making a Match89
6Rethinking the Self: Mead's Myopia116
7Self versus Other: The Core Self126
8Self with Other: Intersubjectivity147
Conclusion: Putting Theory into Practice172
AppendixMethods185
Notes191
References203
Index219

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