The Lives of Animals (The University Center for Human Values Series)

The Lives of Animals (The University Center for Human Values Series)

J. M. Coetzee, Wendy Doniger, Amy Gutmann


The inspiration of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she will not glance another individual within the eye: people, specially meat-eating ones, appear to her to be conspirators in against the law of stupefying value happening on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories around the world.

Costello's son, a physics professor, admires her literary achievements, yet dreads his mother's lecturing on animal rights on the university the place he teaches. His colleagues withstand her argument that human cause is hyped up and that the lack to cause doesn't curb the worth of existence; his spouse denounces his mother's vegetarianism as a sort of ethical superiority.

At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the site visitors confront Costello with a number of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to problems with animal rights, bearing on vast philosophical, anthropological, and non secular views. Painfully for her son, Elizabeth Costello turns out offensive and flaky, but--dare he admit it?--strangely on target.

Here the across the world popular author J. M. Coetzee makes use of fiction to offer a powerfully relocating dialogue of animal rights in all their complexity. He attracts us into Elizabeth Costello's personal experience of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from people, even from her circle of relatives. In his myth, provided as a Tanner Lecture backed through the collage middle for Human Values at Princeton collage, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life scenario handy: a author offering a lecture on an emotionally charged factor at a prestigious collage. Literature, philosophy, functionality, and deep human conviction--Coetzee brings these kinds of parts into play.

As within the tale of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is by way of responses treating the reader to quite a few views, brought via top thinkers in several fields. Coetzee's textual content is observed by means of an creation through political thinker Amy Gutmann and responsive essays through faith pupil Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and ethical thinker Peter Singer, writer of Animal Liberation. jointly the lecture-fable and the essays discover the palpable social results of uncompromising ethical clash and confrontation.

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