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Title Language, ethics and animal life : Wittgenstein and beyond / edited by Niklas Forsberg, Mikel Burley and Nora Hämäläinen
Published New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 235 pages) : illustrations
Contents Humanizing nonhumans: ape language research as critique of metaphysics / Pär Segerdahl -- Ethics and language: what we owe to speakers / David Cockburn -- The difficulty of language: Wittgenstein on animals and humans / Nancy E. Baker -- Rape among scorpionflies, spouse abuse among the praying mantis and other 'reproductive strategies' in the animal and human world / Olli Lagerspetz -- Three perspectives on altruism / Ylva Gustafsson -- Talking about emotions / Camilla Kronqvist -- Man as a moral animal: moral language-games, certainty and the emotions / Julia Hermann -- Living with animals, living as an animal / Anne Le Goff -- What's wrong with a bite of dog? / Rami Gudovitch -- Second nature and animal life / Stefano Di Brisco -- Wittgenstein, wonder and attention to animals / Mikel Burley -- Honour, dignity and the realm of meaning / Nora Hämäläinen -- W.G. Sebald and the ethics of narrative / Alice Crary
Summary "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 are among the factors that have made our relationship to animals an area of burning interest in contemporary philosophy. Utilizing methods inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the contributors to this volume 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; and the question whether non-human animals can use language. This book 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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Animal behavior.
Animal communication.
Animal psychology.
Animal welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Human-animal relationships -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Burley, Mikel, 1972- editor
Forsberg, Niklas, editor
Hämäläinen, Nora, editor
ISBN 1441164626 (electronic bk.)
9781441164629 (electronic bk.)