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If You Tame Me

Irvine, Leslie

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ISBN 10: 1592132413 / ISBN 13: 9781592132416
Published by Temple University Press,U.S.
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Everyone who cares about them believes that dogs and cats have a sense of self that renders them unique. Traditional science and philosophy declare such notions about our pets to be irrational and anthropomorphic. This book challenges these entrenched views by demonstrating that our experience of animals and their behavior tells a different story. Series: Animals, Culture, & Society. Num Pages: 240 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: JFFZ; PSVP. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 226 x 152 x 21. Weight in Grams: 372. . 2004. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781592132416

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Title: If You Tame Me

Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.

Binding: Soft cover

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Nearly everyone who cares about dogs or cats knows that they have a sense of self that renders them unique. Yet traditional science and philosophy declare such feelings irrational and anthropomorphic. Animals, they say, have only the crudest form of thought and no sense of self at all. Leslie Irvine's If You Tame Me challenges these entrenched views by demonstrating that our experience of animals and their behavior tell a different story. In particular, dogs and cats have been significant elements in human history and valued members of our households for centuries. Why do we regard these companions as having distinct personalities and as being irreplaceable? Irvine looks closely at how people form connections with dogs and cats available for adoption in a shelter and reflects on her own relationships with animals. If You Tame Me makes a persuasive case for the existence of a sense of self in companion animals and calls upon us to reconsider our rights and obligations regarding the non-human creatures in our lives.

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Narrowing the gulf between humans and animals

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