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Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

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Gary Steiner argues that ethologists and philosophers in the analytic and continental traditions have largely failed to advance an adequate explanation of animal behavior. Critically engaging the positions of Marc Hauser, Daniel Dennett, Donald Davidson, John Searle, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer, among others, Steiner shows how the Western philosophical traditi ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Columbia University Press (first published August 22nd 2008)
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In this book, Gary Steiner does two things: he presents a theory of animal cognition that, while recognizing animals' sentience and intelligence, does not depend on “human-like” linguistic and rational capabilities; and he presents and defends a theory of animal rights based on “cosmic holism”, or kinship between humans and nonhuman animals. Although Steiner is a philosopher, his writing and the structure of the book are clear and accessible, even for those of us who lack any grounding in (or ap ...more
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“Human beings have capitalized on the silence of animals, just as certain human beings have historically imposed silence on certain other human beings by denying slaves the right to literacy, denying women the right to own property, and denying both the right to vote.” 23 likes
“To be ethical is to endeavor to find one's proper place in the larger scheme of things rather than to seek to assert human superiority over the natural world.” 6 likes
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