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What it means to be human : reflections from the 1791 to the present

Author: Joanna Bourke
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author of Rape: Sex, Violence, History discusses the distinction between being a "human" and being an "animal" over the past two hundred years and describes how modern rights and ethics are blurring the lines between the two.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Bourke
ISBN: 9781582436081 1582436088 9781619021679 1619021676
OCLC Number: 709890513
Description: x, 469 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Speaking : primates and language. Red Peter ; Talking animals ; Can an ape say 'hallo'? --
Feeling : the politics of pain. An earnest Englishwoman ; Sentience and welfare ; Humanitarianism and the limits of sympathy ; Should we "become-animal"? --
Recognizing : the legal construction of humanity. Mr. Heathcliff ; Human rights ; Animal rights and 'speciesism' ; Being human, becoming animal --
Seeing : ethics and the face. Bobby the dog ; Physiognomic arts ; Darwinian revolutions ; Surgical sciences ; Does a dog have a face? Does a human? --
Eating : carnivorous consumption. The black demons of Hayti ; Eating animals ; Eating people ; What does it mean to eat flesh? --
Creating : xenografts and metamorphosis. Stephanie and goobers ; Rejuvenation ; Transplantation and species boundaries ; Have we created a Chimera?
Responsibility: Joanna Bourke.

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The author of Rape: Sex, Violence, History discusses the distinction between being a "human" and being an "animal" over the past two hundred years and describes how modern rights and ethics are blurring the lines between the two.

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