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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592132416
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Animals Culture And Society Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,034,704
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : to know them is to be them
Acknowledgments
Introduction : the fox's wisdom 1
1 How and why 12
2 Them and us 33
3 From pets to companion animals 57
4 Looking at animals/glimpses of selves 78
5 The adopters : making a match 89
6 Rethinking the self : Mead's myopia 116
7 Self versus other : the core self 126
8 Self with other : intersubjectivity 147
Conclusion : putting theory into practice 172
App.: Methods 185
Notes 191
References 203
Index 219
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