If You Tame Me
Understanding Our Connection with Animals
Publication: Mar 04
Publication: Mar 04
6 x 9
Narrowing the gulf between humans and animalsRead the Introduction and an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).
Nearly everyone who cares about them believes that dogs and cats have a sense of self that renders them unique. Traditional science and philosophy declare such notions about our pets to be irrational and anthropomorphic. Animals, they say, have only the crudest form of thought and no sense of self at all. Leslie Irvine's If You Tame Me challenges these entrenched views by demonstrating that our experience of animals and their behavior tells a different story.
Dogs and cats have been significant elements in human history and valued members of our households for centuries. Why do we regard these companions as having distinct personalities and as being irreplaceable? Leslie Irvine looks closely at how people form "connections" with dogs and cats available in adoption shelters and reflects on her own relationships with animals. If You Tame Me makes a persuasive case for the existence of a sense of self in companion animals and calls upon us to reconsider our rights and obligations regarding the non-human creatures in our lives.
Table of Contents
Foreword: To Know Them Is to Be Them Marc Bekoff
Introduction: The Fox's Wisdom
1 How and Why
2 Them and Us
3 From Pets to Companion Animals
4 Looking at Animals/Glimpses of Selves
5 The Adopters: Making a Match
6 Rethinking the Self: Mead's Myopia
7 Self versus Other: The Core Self
8 Self with Other: Intersubjectivity
Conclusion: Putting Theory into Practice
About the Author(s)
In the Series
Animals, Culture, and Society edited by Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders
Animals, Culture, and Society, edited by Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders, is concerned with probing the complex and contradictory human-animal relationship through the publication of accessible books that consider the place of animals in our culture, our literature, our society, and our homes.