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Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 1053–1055 | Cite as

Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce: Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals

The University of Chicago Press, 2009, xv, 153 pp
  • Douglas Seale
Book Review
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Occasionally, a book is published that challenges many deeply-held convictions about the nature and extent of morality, and about what kinds of beings are capable of exhibiting moral behavior. This book is one such example. Marc Bekoff, an ethologist, who has published many books including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and Jessica Pierce, a philosopher and teacher, and author of the book, Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics, have constructed in Wild Justice a fairly convincing case that nonhuman animals do indeed exhibit what we humans would call moral intelligence or moral behavior. Readers should keep in mind that Bekoff and Pierce are not saying that moral behaviors in humans and in animals are comparable in every sense. Indeed, the authors make it clear that they are not trying to do a comparative analysis of human and animal morality. And to the possible charge that their analysis is highly anthropomorphic, they maintain that anthropomorphism is not unscientific.1The...

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  1. 1.MarlboroughUSA

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