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Brute Souls, Happy Beasts, and Evolution

The Historical Status of Animals

In this provocative inquiry into the status of animals in human society from the fifth century BC to the present, Rod Preece provides a wholly new perspective on the human-animal relationship. He skillfully demonstrates that, counter to prevailing intellectual opinion, ethical attitudes toward animals are neither restricted to the twentieth century nor the result of Darwin’s theory of evolution. They have been part of Western thought and culture for centuries.

496 pages

Table of Contents




1 In Quest of the Soul

2 Peripatetic Souls

3 A Natural History of Animal Souls

4 Return to Nature: The Golden Age and the Happy Beast

5 Theriophily Redivivus

6 Symbiosis: Animals as Means and as Ends

7 Evolution, Chain, and Categorical Imperative

8 Kinship and Evolution: The Darwinian Myth

9 The Moral Status of Animals: Practical Judgment, Reasonable Partiality, and Species Needs




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