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A number of factors-new research into human and animal consciousness, a heightened awareness of the methods and consequences of intensive farming, and modern concerns about animal welfare and ecology-have made our relationship to animals an area of burning interest in contemporary philosophy. Utilizing methods inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the contributors to Language, Ethics and Animal Life explore this area in a variety of ways.
Topics discussed include:
- scientific vs. non-scientific ways of describing human and animal behaviour
- the ethics of eating particular animal species
- human nature, emotions, and instinctive reactions
- responses of wonder towards the natural world
- the moral relevance of literature
- the concept of dignity
- the question of whether non-human animals can use language
Language, Ethics and Animal Life will be of great value to anyone interested in philosophical and interdisciplinary issues concerning language, ethics and humanity's relation to animals and the natural world.
Notes on Contributors
1. Humanizing Nonhumans: Ape Language Research as Critique of Metaphysics
2. Ethics and Language: What We Owe to Speakers
3. The Difficulty of Language: Wittgenstein on Animals and Humans
Nancy E. Baker
4. Rape among the Panorpidae, Spouse Abuse among the Mantis Religiosa, and Other 'Reproductive Strategies' in the Animal and Human World
5. Three Perspectives on Altruism
6. Talking about Emotion
7. Man as a Moral Animal: Moral Language-Games, Certainty, and the Emotions
8. Living with Animals, Living as an Animal
Anne Le Goff
9. What's Wrong with a Bite of Dog?
10. Second Nature and Animal Life
Stefano Di Brisco
11. Wittgenstein, Wonder and Attention to Animals
12. Honour, Dignity and the Realm of Meaning
13. W. G. Sebald and the Ethics of Narrative
Niklas Forsberg is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden. Mikel Burley is Lecturer in Religion and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK. Nora Hämäläinen is post-doctoral researcher and temporary lecturer in philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and former editor-in-chief of the Helsinki-based cultural weekly Ny Tid.