On Ethics, Ontology, and Animal Life
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Explores questions concerning animals from a continental perspective.
Animal Others brings together original contributions that explore the status of animals from the continental philosophy perspective. Examined are the moral status of animals, the question of animal minds, an understanding of what it is to be an animal and what it is to be with an animal, as well as the roles animals play in the work of philosophers such as Husserl, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and Derrida.
Those already immersed in continental philosophy will find the subject matter of the animal to be a new interest and a promising new venture. Analytic philosophers and other academics will be rewarded by a different approach to old questions, while the general reader interested in animal rights issues will discover new arguments to back up their positions and fresh challenges which may question long-held beliefs.
Contributors include Ralph R. Acampora, Elizabeth A. Behnke, Lynda Birke, Carleton Dallery, James G. Hart, Monika Langer, Steven W. Laycock, Alphonso Lingis, William McNeill, Luciana Parisi, H. Peter Steeves, and David Wood.
H. Peter Steeves is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. His previous work includes Founding Community: A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry.
"…a multidimensional inquiry into an important, heretofore little discussed, topic within the field of continental philosophy, and as such its publication is to be heralded. " — The Journal of Speculative Philosophy
"I found the book enormously interesting to read. Some of the authors, such as David Wood and Alphonso Lingis, are among the best writers in continental philosophy today, and they do not disappoint here. Peter Steeves's own contribution is a wonderful piece of writing. The feminist perspectives take the issues in new directions. William McNeill's contribution is a powerful and rigorous piece of scholarship…. I found the entire book to be full of new insights and important and unexpected ramifications—really, there is no other book like this at this time. Animal Others demonstrates its intellectual significance again and again, but it also shows its ethical importance, it shows why these perspectives are needed for intellectual and ethical understanding. " –Bill Martin, author of Politics in the impasse