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The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series

Animal Ethics and the Nonconformist Conscience

Authors: Sampson, Philip J.

  • 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.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Speaking of Animals

    Sampson, Philip J.

    Pages 1-11

  • Animals, Language and Ethics

    Sampson, Philip J.

    Pages 13-26

  • A Modern Story of Animal Advocacy

    Sampson, Philip J.

    Pages 27-44

  • Innovation and Religious Discourses

    Sampson, Philip J.

    Pages 45-61

  • Creation: What on Earth Are Animals for?

    Sampson, Philip J.

    Pages 63-84

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96406-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96405-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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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
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 160
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