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Between light and storm : how we live with other species / Esther Woolfson.

By: Woolfson, Esther.
Publisher: London : Granta, 2020Description: 358 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781783782796 :.Subject(s): Human-animal relationships | Environmental ethics | Nature conservation | Environmental policy | Animal rightsDDC classification: 179.3 Summary: For decades, Esther Woolfson has lived with birds, observing them closely and getting to know their always-individual ways. In this groundbreaking new book, Woolfson moves from this intimate acquaintance with another species to reflect more broadly on the complex relationship between humans and animals. Beginning with our shared origins on earth and the interaction between our prehistoric ancestors and other creatures, Woolfson traces the millennia-long evolution of conceptions of the soul and conscience in relation to the animal kingdom, and the consequences of our belief in human superiority. She explores our representation of animals in art, our consumption of them for food, our experiments on them for science and our willingness to slaughter them for sport, fashion and decoration, as well as our concepts of love and ownership. Drawing on philosophy and theology, art and history, Woolfson examines some of the most complex ethical issues surrounding our treatment of animals and argues passionately and persuasively for a more humble, more humane relationship with the creatures who share our world. Book cover.
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Includes bibliographic references and index.

For decades, Esther Woolfson has lived with birds, observing them closely and getting to know their always-individual ways. In this groundbreaking new book, Woolfson moves from this intimate acquaintance with another species to reflect more broadly on the complex relationship between humans and animals.
Beginning with our shared origins on earth and the interaction between our prehistoric ancestors and other creatures, Woolfson traces the millennia-long evolution of conceptions of the soul and conscience in relation to the animal kingdom, and the consequences of our belief in human superiority. She explores our representation of animals in art, our consumption of them for food, our experiments on them for science and our willingness to slaughter them for sport, fashion and decoration, as well as our concepts of love and ownership.
Drawing on philosophy and theology, art and history, Woolfson examines some of the most complex ethical issues surrounding our treatment of animals and argues passionately and persuasively for a more humble, more humane relationship with the creatures who share our world. Book cover.

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