Anthrozoology: Embracing Co-Existence in the Anthropocene through the Eyes of Michael Tobias and Jane Morrison

Anthrozoology Embracing Co-Existence

• The first radical yet accessible text on the fast emerging field of anthrozoology.
• Includes photographs taken by Tobias, Morrison and colleagues from   throughout the world.
• The first published singular treatise proposing a veritable revolution in comparative sentience studies.

This groundbreaking work of both theoretical and experiential thought by two leading ecological philosophers and animal liberation scientists departs from most animal rights, ecological aesthetics, comparative ethology, traditional animal and plant behaviorist work by venturing into a new frontier of applied ethical anthrozoological studies. What distinguishes this new work from Tobias and Morrison is both its on-the-ground research in nearly 80 countries, and breadth of interdisciplinary humanities and sciences; a Renaissance-like treatise in the realm of John Ruskin’s Unto This Last, the late 19th century collection of essays that would transform the thinking of a Mahatma Gandhi.

Tobias and Morrison bring to bear upon this urgently needed text, 45 years of research in ecological anthropology, animal protection, comparative ethics, literature, spirituality, animal and plant behavior, biocultural heritage contexts from every continent, and a deeply metaphysical set of perspectives that will set this book apart from any other in the vast realms of natural history and ecology.

This lean and elegant text argues 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.

This is a deeply provocative work of philosophical premises and hypotheses that is likely to stir uneasiness and debate for many decades to come – much like the theories of group fitness and sociobiology from E. O. Wilson- from two of the world’s most influential ecological philosophers.

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Book Title

Book Subtitle
Embracing Co-Existence in the Anthropocene

• Michael Charles Tobias
• Jane Gray Morrison


Springer International Publishing

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Springer International Publishing Switzerland

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Number of Pages
X, 380

Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 124 illustrations in colour

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