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The Lives of Animals


Συγγραφέας: Coetzee J. M.
Εκδότης: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691173900
Σειρά βιβλίου: The University Center for Human Values Series
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 144
Διαστάσεις: 22x1x14
Γλώσσα Γραφής: english
Ημερομηνία 1ης Έκδοσης: 2016
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2016

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "The Lives of Animals"

The idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no longer look another person in the eye: humans, especially meat-eating ones, seem to her to be conspirators in a crime of stupefying magnitude taking place on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories across the world. Costello's son, a physics professor, admires her literary achievements, but dreads his mother's lecturing on animal rights at the college where he teaches. His colleagues resist her argument that human reason is overrated and that the inability to reason does not diminish the value of life; his wife denounces his mother's vegetarianism as a form of moral superiority. At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives. Painfully for her son, Elizabeth Costello seems offensive and flaky, but--dare he admit it?--strangely on target. In this landmark book, Nobel Prize-winning writer J. M. Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. He draws us into Elizabeth Costello's own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from humans, even from her own family. In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life situation at hand: a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university. Literature, philosophy, performance, and deep human conviction--Coetzee brings all these elements into play. As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields. Coetzee's text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation. Together the lecture-fable and the essays explore the palpable social consequences of uncompromising moral conflict and confrontation.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Coetzee J. M.
Κατηγορία: φιλοσοφία
Σειρά βιβλίου: The University Center for Human Values Series
ISBN: 9780691173900
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 11/10/2016
Εξώφυλλο: Paperback
Σελίδες: 144
Γλώσσα βιβλίου: english
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: English
Συντελεστές: Edited by: Amy Gutmann 1940-, Introduction by: Amy Gutmann 1940-
Τόπος έκδοσης: New Jersey
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 142 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 22x1x14 cm
Ημερομηνία πρώτης έκδοσης: 2016

Περιεχόμενα

INTRODUCTION Amy Gutmann 3 THE LIVES OF ANIMALS J. M. Coetzee The Philosophers and the Animals 15 The Poets and the Animals 47 REFLECTIONS Marjorie Garber 73 Peter Singer 85 Wendy Doniger 93 Barbara Smuts 107 CONTRIBUTORS 121 INDEX 123

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