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The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series

Animal Ethics and the Nonconformist Conscience

Authors: Sampson, Philip J.

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  • Argues that debates about animal ethics draw on the linguistic resources of the prevailing culture
  • Offers a compelling analysis of the religious shaping of contemporary animal discourse
  • Uses primary sources to demonstrate the enduring influence of "nonconformist conscience"
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This book explores the religious language of Nonconformity used in ethical debates about animals. It uncovers a rich stream of innovative discourse from the Puritans of the seventeenth century, through the Clapham Sect and Evangelical Revival, to the nineteenth century debates about vivisection. This discourse contributed to law reform and the foundation of the RSPCA, and continues to flavour the way we talk about animal welfare and animal rights today. Shaped by the "nonconformist conscience", it has been largely overlooked. The more common perception is that Christian “dominion” authorises the human exploitation of animals, while Enlightenment humanism and Darwinian thought are seen as drawing humans and animals together in one "family". This book challenges that perception, and proposes an alternative perspective. Through exploring the shaping of animal advocacy discourses by Biblical themes of creation, fall and restoration, this book reveals the continuing importance of the nonconformist conscience as a source to enrich animal ethics today. It will appeal to the animal studies community, theologians and early modern historians.

About the authors

Philip Sampson is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK. His previous publications include Faith and Modernity (1997); Six Modern Myths (2001); and contributions to several edited volumes on animal ethics and philosophy.

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“This is an innovative book that presents a largely unknown tradition of Christian thought that not only influences contemporary perspectives with regard to animals, but challenges conventional hang-ups stemming from enlightenment and neo-Darwinian reason. It will be of interest within both secular and religious circles, and to those working in animal ethics and more broadly within animal studies and environmental humanities.” (Reading Religion, December 19, 2019)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Ethics and the Nonconformist Conscience
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96406-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96406-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96405-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07186-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 160
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