By Erin McKenna, Andrew Light
What does American pragmatism give a contribution to modern debates approximately human-animal relationships? Does it recognize our connections to all dwelling issues? Does it deliver us towards a moral therapy of all animals? What approximately searching, vegetarianism, animal experimentation, and the welfare of livestock? whereas questions on human family with animals were with us for millennia, there was a marked upward push in public know-how approximately animal matters - even McDonald's advertises that they use humanely handled animals as foodstuff resources. In "Animal Pragmatism", 12 energetic and provocative essays tackle issues on the intersection of pragmatist philosophy and animal welfare. subject matters disguise a large variety of concerns, together with ethical attention of animals, the ethics of animal experimentation, institutional animal care, environmental safety of animal habitat, farm animal welfare, animal communique, and animal morals. Readers who engage with animals, no matter if as pets or on a plate, will discover a strong and engaging exploration of human-nonhuman relationships. Its individuals are: James M. Albrecht, Douglas R. Anderson, Steven Fesmire, Glenn Kuehn, Todd Lekan, Andrew mild, John J. McDermott, Erin McKenna, Phillip McReynolds, Ben Minteer, Matthew Pamental, Paul Thompson, and Jennifer Welchman.
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Dewey on Animal Experimentation,” Jennifer Welchman argues that despite Dewey’s apparently speciesist remarks regarding animal experimentation, his pragmatist ethics is not speciesist. Welchman contends that for Dewey, nonhuman animals are owed only the negative duty of noninterference. In contrast, we have positive duties to other humans; thus, animal experimentation is morally permissible when seen as a necessary part of carrying out this positive duty. However, such cases should be seen as tragic.
The question posed there by Emerson, “What do I know sympathetically, morally, of either of these worlds of life,” suggests that the “[b]roader and deeper” history he calls for must constitute a more emotionally generous way of knowing. The “way into nature,” he concludes, is evidenced not by “the path of science and of letters” so much as by the “idiot, the Indian, the child, and unschooled farmer’s boy” (256). These stereotypes for a nonrational, intuitive connection to nature express a Romantic critique of a narrow empiricism, which, as Russell Goodman has argued, constitutes a major line of in®uence running from Emerson to James and Dewey.
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