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Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body
Most approaches to animal ethics ground the moral standing of nonhumans in some appeal to their capacities for intelligent autonomy or mental sentience. Corporal Compassion emphasizes the phenomenal and somatic commonality of living beings; a philosophy of body that seeks to displace any notion of anthropomorphic empathy in viewing the moral experiences of nonhuman living ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2006 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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The longstanding tradition of conceiving the moral relevance of animal others as a valuation of discrete factors of mental complexity or sentience has in many ways proven itself to be an anemic moral theory in light of the widespread disagreement and partisanship that surrounds the contemporary animal ethics scene. There is a growing demand for more varied ethical approaches, informed by a wider and richer array of philosophical insights that avoid this anthropocentric bias. In Corporal Compassi ...more
Apr 21, 2008 Karl Steel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ethicists, Humanimal Thinkers
As much as I like other other review, I have to call for a change of emphasis on one point. The reviewer, "M.," writes: He believes that, as bodily beings, we have the capacity to relate the phenomenological characteristics of embodiment intersubjectively and across species, thereby furnishing a rich locus for compassionate reflection. It's not that "we have the capacity"; rather, it's that this capacity of being with each other as bodily beings as bodied in a habitat, this "symphysis" as he cal ...more