Anthrozoology: Embracing Co-Existence in the Anthropocene

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Rookeries at the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, California, © M.C. Tobias

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Date of Publication: December 22, 2016

Year of Publication: 2016

Publisher: Springer

Author(s): Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison

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Michael Charles Tobias & Jane Gary Morrison:

This groundbreaking work of both theoretical and experiential thought by two leading ecological philosophers and animal liberation scientists ventures into a new frontier of applied ethical anthrozoological studies. Through lean and elegant text, readers will learn that human interconnections with other species and ecosystems are severely endangered precisely because we lack – by our evolutionary self-confidence – the very coherence that is everywhere around us abundantly demonstrated. What our species has deemed to be superior is, according to Tobias and Morrison, the cumulative result of a tragically tenuous argument predicated on the brink of our species’ self-destruction, giving rise to a most unique proposition: We either recognize the miracle of other sentient intelligence, sophistication, and genius, or risk enshrining the shortest lived epitaph of any known vertebrate in earth’s 4.1 billion years of life.

Tobias and Morrison draw on 45 years of research in fields ranging from ecological anthropology, animal protection and comparative ethics to literature and spirituality – and beyond. They deploy research in animal and plant behavior, biocultural heritage contexts from every continent and they bring to bear a deeply metaphysical array of perspectives that set this book apart from any other. The book departs from most work in such fields as animal rights, ecological aesthetics, comparative ethology or traditional animal and plant behaviorist work, and yet it speaks to readers with an interest in those fields.

A deeply provocative book of philosophical premises and hypotheses from two of the world’s most influential ecological philosophers, this text is likely to stir uneasiness and debate for many decades to come. (From the Publisher)

Read a recent review of Anthrozoology by Marc Bekoff PhD published by Psychology Today. Additional reviews have been published on the MAHB site by Paul R. Ehrlich and David Wagner.

The book is available for purchase through Springer, Amazon, IndieBound, Google eBooks, or find it in a library.

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  • Michael Bostick

    I’ve been working through this amazing book and find that my brain has been, heretofore, an extremely lazy organ. Tobias and Morrison have challenged me and my somewhat atrophied conscience with an incredible, almost painfully engaging inquiry into an arena of ecological awareness that reflects the author’s vast and incomparable knowledge, insight and understanding bar none. Truly a work of incalculable importance. Each page is filled with enough intelligence to warrant many re-readings. One cannot estimate the degree to which minds such as Tobias and Morrison are pondering and searingly concluding why we need to completely reconfigure our outdated and shortsighted paradigms, regarding the immense opportunity to respect and honor animal and plant strategies for survival and adaptation. In the book, the author’s clearly, but complexly, retrain our truncated way of thinking about who we are as a species, in relation to the intricate and utterly instructive natural world. The realm of interspecies communication is real and, as Tobias and Morrison so eloquently and masterfully compel, essential for us to embrace in the deepest way, if we are to have any chance in avoiding our perilous bent towards extinction. This book is a must read for any serious avatar of eco-philosophical transformation.