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Philosophy and Animal Life offers a new way of thinking about animal rights, our obligation to animals, and the nature of philosophy itself. It is a crucial collection for those interested in animal rights, ethics, and the development of philosophical inquiry. It also offers a unique exploration of the role of ethics in Coetzee's fiction.
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Gary Steiner

This intriguing collection of essays challenges the reader to confront the inherent vulnerabilities and limitations of the human condition and the deflections and avoidances of traditional philosophical argumentation. Taking as their point of departure the insurmountable mysteries that characterize our relationship with nonhuman animals, the authors illuminate the importance of acknowledging human finitude and the irreducibility of reality to definitive philosophical description. These essays make an important contribution to contemporary reflections on philosophical skepticism.

Gary Steiner, John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy, Bucknell University

Simon Glendinning

We live at a time in which the human relation to animals is transforming at an astonishing rate. This change has two decisive aspects. On the one hand, in conditions that are often unbelievably appalling, certain animal species are being produced, bred, and slaughtered on an unprecedented industrial scale. On the other hand, there is also a growing and equally unprecedented recognition of the moral status of animal life, and for some people the treatment of animals in the production of food for human consumption has become so cruel and so mechanized that, in its essence, it is strictly comparable to genocide. Today it is more urgent than ever to explore and assess our understanding of animal life not only from a scientific point of view but from a philosophical one. This book is a landmark for such an undertaking. With contributions from the very best and most thoughtful philosophers of our time, it provides a new benchmark for the level at which our thinking must be pitched to do justice to this theme—and justice to animals, our most other others.

Simon Glendinning, reader in European philosophy, The London School of Economics and Political Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231145145
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Cavell is the Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. His books include Philosophy the Day After Tomorrow, The Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage; and The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy.

Cora Diamond is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Philosophy and professor of law at the University of Virginia and the author of The Realistic Spirit: Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind.

John McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of Mind and World, Mind, Value, and Reality, and Meaning, Knowledge, and Reality.

Ian Hacking is University Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Toronto and held the Chair of philosophy and history of scientific concepts at the Collège de France. His books include The Social Construction of What?, Historical Ontology, and The Taming of Chance (Ideas in Context).

Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. His books include Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory, and the edited collection Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal. He is the founding editor of the series Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Exposures Cary Wolfe Wolfe, Cary 1

1 The Difficulty of Reality and the Difficulty of Philosophy Cora Diamond Diamond, Cora 43

2 Companionable Thinking Stanley Cavell Cavell, Stanley 91

3 Comment on Stanley Cavell's "Companionable Thinking" John McDowell McDowell, John 127

Conclusion: Deflections Ian Hacking Hacking, Ian 139

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