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Review of Interspecies Ethics

By Thomas E. Randall

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This paper provides a review of Cynthia Willett's book Interspecies Ethics. Willett aims to outline the beginnings of biosocial eros ethics – an ethical outline that sketches the potentiality of a cross-species cosmopolitan ideal of compassion (agape), derived through acknowledging and emphasizing the existence of spontaneous, playful interaction between social animals. Though this book is recommended for offering an innovative framework from which to explore the possibility of non-anthropocentric cross-species ethic, readers should be wary of expecting to find a fully-fledged moral program detailing how this would work.


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Date 2017
Publication Title Between The Species
Volume 20
Issue 1
ISBN/ISSN 1945-8487
Publisher Philosophy Department and Digital Commons at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Location of Publication San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal consciousness
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Compassion
  4. Ethics
  5. Interactions