Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Why Is It So Hard To Think Straight About Animals?

SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT by Hal Herzog Hal Herzog’s Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals is a favorite of the academic marketing department. We admire it because Hal Herzog, Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, is thoughtful, rational, and often funny as he shows us how illogical we are in our relationships with animals. In the words of Irene M. Pepperberg, associate research professor at Brandeis University and author of Alex & Me, Hal “deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences.”

Drawing on more than two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology, the science of human–animal relations, Hal guides students through an exploration of the fierce moral conundrums we face every day regarding the creatures with whom we share our world. It’s not a polemic. It’s a book that will foster thoughtful debate and conversation between the carnivores, vegetarians, pet lovers, and
Maru fans in your classroom.

Robert M. Sapolsky of Stanford University said, “It’s a wonderful book—wildly readable, funny, scientifically sound, and with surprising moments of deep, challenging thoughts.”

And, here's even more praise:

“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food. . . . The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.”
—Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

“Everybody who is interested in the ethics of our relationship between humans and animals should read this book.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human

“A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience.”
Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct

It’s already been adopted in hardcover in all sorts of courses from composition and rhetoric (ENG 1060 Composition II: "Us and the Critters") to ethics and anthropology.

Now, it’s available in paperback. If you'd like to consider Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat (978-0-06173085-6, paperback, $14.99) for one of your courses, please let us know by filling out our desk copy form.

For more books in this subject area, take a look at the
ethics section of our Philosophy catalog.

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