By J. Simons
This booklet addresses the query of animal rights within the context of literary feedback. operating from a devoted place, it asks the query, 'What could literary stories appear like if we took animal rights seriously?' It bargains serious surveys of the most topics within the background of animal rights and a few of the extra very important modern positions including readings of a variety of literary texts from classical antiquity to the current day.
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Regan spends much of his time in a careful and dense critical survey of the nature of the intellectual problem. This is not to say that his work is not committed in the way that Singer’s is, but rather that Regan is attempting to open up a different kind of discourse. This is understandable as he would not, I think, wish to contest the factual, or even, at the basic level, the political, accuracy of Singer’s lengthy account of farming practices etc. As he says: The pages that follow contain comparatively few facts about how animals are treated.
43 This is not a usual way of exploring the nature of animal consciousness. It does, however, have the signal merit of escaping the humancentred paradigm by which all post-Enlightenment philosophy – even that which is radically anti-humanistic – is conﬁgured. This leads Clark to a dependence on a reality that is both knowable in ourselves and understandable in others, both human and non-human. This real world is not controllable but it is something about which we know a good deal even if we like to pretend that we do not.
She then goes on to demonstrate how the scope of these arguments might be extended across the species barrier. For example, she explores the problem of competition and the relative priorities which we might set in deciding how best to manage our environment: The problem of competition presents itself to many people in a form more or less like this: Must we really acknowledge all our longlost cousins and heave them into the humanitarian lifeboat, which is already foundering under the human race?
Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation by J. Simons