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The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics


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Table of Contents Introduction The War on Compassion (2006) Carol J. Adams Part I: Foundational Articles by 1985-1996 1. The Liberation of Nature: A Circular Affair (1985) Marti Kheel 2. Animal Rights and Feminist Theory (1990) Josephine Donovan 3. Toward an Ecological Ethic of Care (1991) Deane Curtin 4. Your Daughter or Your Dog? A Feminist Assessment of the Animal Research Issue (1991) Deborah Slicer 5. Justice, Caring, and Animal Liberation Brian Luke 6. The Caring Sleuth: Portrait of an Animal Rights Activist (1994) Kenneth Shapiro 7. Attention to Suffering: Sympathy as a Basis for Ethical Treatment of Animals (1994) Josephine Donovan 8. Caring About Suffering: A Feminist Exploration (1995) Carol J. Adams Part II: Responses by 1998-2006 9. Toward a Non-Property Status for Animals (1998) Thomas G. Kelch 10. Protecting Children and Animals from Abuse: A Trans-Species Concept of Caring (1999) James Garbarino 11. The Role of the Rational and the Emotive in a Theory of Animal Rights (1999) Thomas G. Kelch 12. The Ethic of Care and the Problem of Wild Animals (2003) Grace Clement 13. Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights (2004) Catharine A. MacKinnon 14. Empathy and Vegetarian Commitments (2004) Lori Gruen 15. On the Backs of Animals: The Valorization of Reason in Contemporary Animal Ethics (2005) Cathryn Bailey 16. Caring to Dialogue: Feminism and the Treatment of Animals (2006) Josephine Donovan Bibliography Contributors Index

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"Every scholar interested in social (in)justice should read this book. As a compelling examination of the workings of power, prejudice, and ideology, this powerful anthology lays down a challenge to all progressive scholarship and politics& mdash;whether 'animal-identified' or not. As a nuanced and sophisticated framework for a feminist approach to social relationships, the articulation of a 'care tradition' in human-animal relations is transformative. The editors do a tremendous service by bringing together some of the classic essays in the field with some of the sharpest new criticism and commentary. This collection is an invaluable source and resource that every feminist should have on her bookshelf." -- Joni Seager, professor and dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto

About the Author

Josephine Donovan is professor emerita at the University of Maine and the author of Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions and Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726, among other books. Carol J. Adams is an independent scholar whose focus is on interrelated oppressions and whose books include The Sexual Politics of Meat, Prayers for Animals, and The Inner Art of Vegetarianism. Please visit her web site at


At the center of feminist inquiry, forcing us to face hard and interesting questions. Women's Review of Books This book is dubbed a reader and is without peer in that capacity. Serious students in (feminist) animal ethics should read it closely. -- David Sztybel Journal of Animal Ethics

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