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Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals

By: Jean Kazez

206 pages, B/w illus

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Jan 2010 | #183609 | ISBN-13: 9781405199384
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By exploring the ethical differences between humans and animals, "Animalkind" establishes a middle ground between egalitarianism and outright dismissal of animal rights. This title presents a thought-provoking foray into our complex and contradictory relationship with animals. It advocates that we owe each animal due respect. It offers readers a sensible alternative to extremism by speaking of respect and compassion for animals, not rights. It balances philosophical analysis with intriguing facts and engaging tales.

The book is excellent reading for those with no prior exposure to the relevant philosophical literature and could be used for a portion of an introductory level course in contemporary moral issues. (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October 2010) "Jean Kazez's 2010 book Animalkind: What We Owe To Animals manages to breath a bit of fresh air into many of the debates over our ethical duties and commitments toward other animals." (Between the Species, August 2010) "Kazez has a superb, easy style, and is in full command of the material, at least in terms of the facts... The book has a strong and welcome personal flavour, enhanced by many interesting anecdotes and asides." (The Philosopher, September 2010) "Animalkind is a wonderful text for those who want to make an intelligent historical argument for the ethical treatment of animals but don't necessarily know how to go about it." (VegNews, October 2010) "Kazez has many highly plausible things to say. The fascinating spectrum of animal capacities is brought to the fore, and the reader is quickly convinced that even if they are instinctual, animals are also highly cognitive creatures, capable of thinking, feeling and awareness. The arguments she presents are intelligent and convincing. Kazez writes in an enjoyable and accessible fashion, and wit and humour are used generously. Combined with many fruitful arguments, this makes the book a good read for anybody curious about whether it is, indeed, morally justifiable to eat one animal and love another." (Times Higher Education, April 2010) "Recent philosophers say that animals are like us ... and we must therefore treat them with the respect owed to human beings. Jean Kazez explores a middle path between these views in her book, Animalkind. Animals aren't just things ... we have to treat them with all due respect ... .It's complicated, and you have to think things through carefully, case by case. Kazez takes the world's ragged edges seriously. The result is a readable, compelling, and thought-provoking account of our difficult relationship to animals. Kazez sees many shades of grey, all the while guided by a certain notion of respect. Kazez knows that we struggle to be good,and it's not an all-or-nothing affair. It's the effort of a philosopher doing honest work in the world." (The Philosopher's Magazine, March 2010) "What's the right way to look at animals? Kazez ... examines this moral dichotomy in the new entry in Blackwell's Public Philosophy series. In examining the human-animal divide in indigenous myth and in philosophers' thoughts ... .Kazez brings the reader to a central question: are humans and animals on two different moral planes? In well-written prose, the author navigates the minefields of different philosophers' takes on the value of animals and of whether or not people and animals are of equal value. What difference does it make to save one individual animal or for one person to decided to follow a vegetarian lifestyle? With a well-annotated bibliography, this is an excellent place to begin a trek through the thorny issue of animal rights." (Booklist, February 2010) "In this cogently argued book, Kazez explores how we should treat other animals. The central theme is respect. Kazez takes a fresh, often funny, look at difficult issues." (BBC Wildlife Magazine, February 2010) "Presents a thought-provoking foray into our complex and contradictory relationship with animals." (TSO, January 2010)


Introduction: Wondering in Alaska. Part I: Before. 1. The Myth of Consent 2. The Order of Things. Part II: The Nature of the Beast. 3. Animal Consciousness. 4. Dumb Brutes? Part III: All Due Respect. 5. The Lives of Animals. 6. Caveman Ethics. Part IV: Moral Disorders. 7. Going, Going, Wrong. 8. Science and Survival. Part V: Next. 9. Vanishing Animals. 10. The Endless Story. Annotated Sources. Acknowledgments. Index.

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Jean Kazez teaches philosophy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is the author of The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life (Blackwell, 2007) and has written about ethics, religion, happiness, and the arts for several magazines.

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