In Entangled Empathy, scholar and activist Lori Gruen argues that rather than focusing on animal “rights,” we ought to work to make our relationships with animals right by empathetically responding to their needs, interests, desires, vulnerabilities, hopes, and unique perspectives. Pointing out that we are already entangled in complex and life-altering relationships with oIn Entangled Empathy, scholar and activist Lori Gruen argues that rather than focusing on animal “rights,” we ought to work to make our relationships with animals right by empathetically responding to their needs, interests, desires, vulnerabilities, hopes, and unique perspectives. Pointing out that we are already entangled in complex and life-altering relationships with other animals, Gruen guides readers through a new way of thinking about—and practicing—animal ethics.Gruen describes entangled empathy as a type of caring perception focused on attending to another’s experience of well-being. It is an experiential process involving a blend of emotion and cognition in which we recognize we are in relationships with others and are called upon to be responsive and responsible in these relationships by attending to another. When we engage in entangled empathy we are transformed and in that transformation we can imagine less violent, more meaningful ways of being together....
|Title||:||Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals|
|Number of Pages||:||144 Pages|
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Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals Reviews
I'm the editor and publisher of this book, and I couldn't be more delighted to welcome Lori Gruen to Lantern! I've been immersed in the philosophy of animal rights for many years, and I've always been a little distrustful of one-size-fits-all systematic theories that aim to offer expansive general principles that explain all situations. We should be especially wary of such theories when it comes to nonhuman animals, given that we're always interacting with different nonhuman animals in different ways. Context and relationship, it seems to me, are all, and Gruen grasps these realities with both hands. In carefully calibrated and refreshingly straightforward prose—with minimal grandstanding, great dollops of humility, and many (perhaps a few too many) caveats—she offers a grounded, intersectional way we might approach ethical decisions regarding other-than-human life. Her book is personal, thoughtful, and—most significantly—centered on relationships with actual animals. She rightly places a great deal of emphasis on understanding the societies and personalities of animals, as individuals and species, and on the need to be attentive to their needs. The book has a terrific afterword from the always interesting pattrice jones and a lively foreword and preface from Marc Bekoff and the women who run Chimp Haven sanctuary.
Added this to my FYS this fall. As promised, Gruen provides an alternative way to think about human-animals relationships. Engaging and accessible, this book also provides a good introduction to the uses and limits of some traditional approaches to ethics.