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Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals
In Entangled Empathy, scholar and activist Lori Gruen argues that rather than focusing on animal “rights,” we ought to work to make our relationships with animals right by empathetically responding to their needs, interests, desires, vulnerabilities, hopes, and unique perspectives. Pointing out that we are already entangled in complex and life-altering relationships with o ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Lantern Books
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I'm the editor and publisher of this book, and I couldn't be more delighted to welcome Lori Gruen to Lantern! I've been immersed in the philosophy of animal rights for many years, and I've always been a little distrustful of one-size-fits-all systematic theories that aim to offer expansive general principles that explain all situations. We should be especially wary of such theories when it comes to nonhuman animals, given that we're always interacting with different nonhuman animals in different ...more
Added this to my FYS this fall. As promised, Gruen provides an alternative way to think about human-animals relationships. Engaging and accessible, this book also provides a good introduction to the uses and limits of some traditional approaches to ethics.
Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animal ...more