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Animals in the city

Authored by: Cynthia Willett

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138928787
eBook ISBN: 9781315681597
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This chapter surveys the various ways of conceiving the moral relationships between human and nonhuman animals. It is argued that urban life has resulted in the loss of the intimate knowledge of other species that characterized our interactions for millions of years of cohabitation. The chapter compares modern-era understandings of moral capacities that emphasize reason and individualized perspectives, and thereby suggest a considerable moral distance between humans and nonhuman animals, with new and emerging approaches that rely on more socio-affective and relational aspects of living that can be found across species.

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