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The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes, Practical Implications

by Aaron S. Gross Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Through an absorbing investigation into recent, high-profile scandals involving one of the largest kosher slaughterhouses in the world, located unexpectedly in Postville, Iowa, Aaron S. Gross makes a powerful...


Interspecies Ethics

by Cynthia Willett Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Interspecies Ethics explores animals’ vast capacity for agency, justice, solidarity, humor, and communication across species. The social bonds diverse animals form provide a remarkable model for communitarian...


Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism

by Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (April 16, 2013)

While postmodern approaches to politics and ethics have offered some intriguing and influential insights in philosophy and theory, Gary Steiner illuminates the fundamental inability of these approaches to arrive...


The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet

by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, Marcel Dicke & Françoise Takken-Kaminker et al. Columbia University Press (March 04, 2014)

The Definitive Guide to Insects as a Sustainable Food Source In The Insect Cookbook, two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part...


Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation

by Gary L. Francione & Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (June 05, 2008)

A prominent and respected philosopher of animal rights law and ethical theory, Gary L. Francione is known for his criticism of animal welfare laws and regulations, his abolitionist theory of animal rights, and...


Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

by Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (September 15, 2008)

Gary Steiner argues that ethologists and philosophers in the analytic and continental traditions have largely failed to advance an adequate explanation of animal behavior. Critically engaging the positions of...


Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics

by Anna Peterson Columbia University Press (May 21, 2013)

If nature is what lies beyond human society, then animals must be a part of it. For most people, animals are the most significant aspects of the nonhuman world. They symbolize nature in our imaginations, in...


Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity

by Colleen Glenney Boggs Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

Consulting a diverse archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs places animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject. From the bestiality trials of the seventeenth-century...


Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Human-Animal Encounters

by Julie A. Smith & Robert W. Mitchell Columbia University Press (November 27, 2012)

In these multidisciplinary essays, academic scholars and animal experts explore the nature of animal minds and the methods humans conventionally and unconventionally use to understand them. The collection features...


Animal Rights Without Liberation: Applied Ethics and Human Obligations

by Alasdair Cochrane Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

Alasdair Cochrane provides an entirely new theory of animal rights grounded in their interests as sentient beings. He applies this theory to a whole range of different and under-explored policy areas, such as...


Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies

by Anne Vallely, Aaron S. Gross, Jonathan Safran Foer & Wendy Doniger Columbia University Press (April 24, 2012)

Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals’ significance...


Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory

by Marianne DeKoven & Michael Lundblad Columbia University Press (December 20, 2011)

The question of the animal has preoccupied an increasing number of humanities, science, and social science scholars in recent years, and important work continues to expand the burgeoning field of animal studies....


The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue

by Cary Wolfe, Paola Cavalieri, Matthew Calarco & Harlan B. Miller et al. Columbia University Press (February 11, 2009)

While moral perfectionists rank conscious beings according to their cognitive abilities, Paola Cavalieri launches a more inclusive defense of all forms of subjectivity. In concert with Peter Singer, J. M. Coetzee,...


Food of Sinful Demons

by Geoffrey Barstow Columbia University Press (October 24, 2017)

Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best, and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious...


Speculative Taxidermy

by Giovanni Aloi Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Taxidermy, once the province of natural history and dedicated to the pursuit of lifelike realism, has recently resurfaced in the world of contemporary art,culture, and interior design. In Speculative Taxidermy,...


Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film

by Anat Pick Columbia University Press (April 07, 2011)

Simone Weil once wrote that "the vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence." With these words, she established a relationship among vulnerability, beauty, and...


Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals

by Nathan H. Lents Columbia University Press (May 17, 2016)

Animals fall in love, establish rules for fair play, exchange valued goods and services, hold “funerals” for fallen comrades, deploy sex as a weapon, and communicate with one another using rich vocabularies....


With Dogs at the Edge of Life

by Colin Dayan Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

In this original and provocative book, Colin Dayan tackles head-on the inexhaustible world, at once tender and fierce, of dogs and humans. We follow the tracks of dogs in the bayous of Louisiana, the streets...


Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights

by Sherry F. Colb & Michael C. Dorf Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

How can someone who condemns hunting, animal farming, and animal experimentation also favor legal abortion, the deliberate destruction of a human fetus? The authors of Beating Hearts aim to reconcile this apparent...


Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents

by Jonathan K. Crane Columbia University Press (December 01, 2015)

We have come to regard nonhuman animals as beings of concern, and we even grant them some legal protections. But until we understand animals as moral agents in and of themselves, they will be nothing more than...