The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics

Edited by Josephine Donovan and Carol Adams

Columbia University Press

The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics

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Pub Date: December 2007

ISBN: 9780231140393

400 Pages

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The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics

Edited by Josephine Donovan and Carol Adams

Columbia University Press

In Beyond Animal Rights, Josephine Donovan and Carol J. Adams introduced feminist "ethic of care" theory into philosophical discussions of the treatment of animals. In this new volume, seven essays from Beyond Animal Rights are joined by nine new articles-most of which were written in response to that book-and a new introduction that situates feminist animal care theory within feminist theory and the larger debate over animal rights. Contributors critique theorists' reliance on natural rights doctrine and utilitarianism, which, they suggest, have a masculine bias. They argue for ethical attentiveness and sympathy in our relationships with animals and propose a link between the continuing subjugation of women and the human domination of nature. Beginning with the earliest articulation of the idea in the mid-1980s and continuing to the theory's most recent revisions, this volume presents the most complete portrait of the evolution of the feminist-care tradition.

Ten years after the foundational collection of essays moving Beyond Animal Rights to a feminist ethic of care for all animal species, the work in this field has doubled in size and scope. Collected in this volume are essays calling for a feminist animal care ethic that is political and activist in orientation. Here are the paths to interspecies justice, with arguments that appeal equally to reason and emotion, logic and empathy. They prove that true emotional intelligence requires a compassionate ethical response to animal suffering and human complicity alike.

Greta Gaard, author of Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature

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—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

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
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

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 www.caroljadams.com.