The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals

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This new study looks at how non-human animals have been viewed in the Buddhist and Christian religious traditions. The concept of speciesism, coined in 1970 as an analogy to racism and discussed almost exclusively within philosophical circles, is used to explore very basic questions about which animals, human or otherwise, were significant to early Buddhists and Christians. Drawing on scriptures and interpretive traditions in Christianity and Buddhism, Waldau argues that decisions about human ethical ...

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Overview

This new study looks at how non-human animals have been viewed in the Buddhist and Christian religious traditions. The concept of speciesism, coined in 1970 as an analogy to racism and discussed almost exclusively within philosophical circles, is used to explore very basic questions about which animals, human or otherwise, were significant to early Buddhists and Christians. Drawing on scriptures and interpretive traditions in Christianity and Buddhism, Waldau argues that decisions about human ethical responsibilities in both religions are deeply rooted in ancient understandings of the place of humans in the world and our relationships with other animals in an integrated cosmos. His study offers scholars and others interested in the bases for ethical decisions new insights into Christian and Buddhist reasoning about animals as well as what each might have to offer to the current discussions about animal rights and environmental ethics.

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"Anyone interested in ethical arguments on animal rights will find especially useful the sections that systematically assess the past thirty years of debates on the topic and will find the call to consider the reality of nonhuman animals' lives a thought-provoking challenge." —Journal of Religion

"This is a careful and detailed examination of Buddhist and Christian understandings of non-human animal life, going back to the canonical sources, and reaching the conclusion that, contrary to the opinion of many, both traditions have been equally 'speciesist'. Dr. Waldau's persuasive arguments will have to be taken into account by everyone concerned with this issue."-John Hick, Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195145717
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/6/2001
  • Series: AAR Academy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Waldau holds a doctorate in ethics from Oxford University, a law degree from UCLA, and a Master's Degree from Stanford University. He is currently Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is on the faculty of the Center for Animals and Public Policy. He teaches courses entitled "Jurisprudence Ethics" and "The Human-Animal bond." He is also an adjunct faculty member at Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School, where he teaches animal law courses.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 3
I Religion and Speciesism
1 Animals and Religious Traditions 11
2 Exclusion and the Concept of Speciesism 20
3 Criticisms of Speciesism 40
II Animals and Religion
4 Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities? 59
5 What Is an Animal? 88
III Is There Speciesism in Buddhism?
6 Other Animals in the Pali Canon 113
7 The Buddhist Understanding of Other Animals 137
IV Is There Speciesism in Christianity?
8 Other Animals in the Christian Tradition 159
9 The Christian Understanding of Other Animals 202
Conclusion 218
App. 1 Transliteration, Orthography, and Italicization 219
App. 2: Defined Terms 221
Notes 223
Bibliography 257
Index 287
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