Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jozef Keulartz, Bernice Bovenkerk
    Pages 1-26 Open Access
  3. Hugh A. H. Jansman
    Pages 27-45 Open Access
  4. Animal Agents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Eva Meijer, Bernice Bovenkerk
      Pages 49-64 Open Access
    3. Charlotte E. Blattner
      Pages 65-78 Open Access
    4. Nathan Kowalsky
      Pages 79-98 Open Access
    5. Ronald Sandler, John Basl
      Pages 123-140 Open Access
    6. Michiel Korthals
      Pages 141-154 Open Access
    7. Joost Leuven
      Pages 155-159 Open Access
  5. Domesticated Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Hidde Boersma
      Pages 163-175 Open Access
    3. Paul B. Thompson
      Pages 203-221 Open Access
    4. Andreia De Paula Vieira, Raymond Anthony
      Pages 223-254 Open Access
    5. Susan Ophorst, Bernice Bovenkerk
      Pages 255-274 Open Access
  6. Urban Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285

About this book


This Open Access book brings together authoritative voices in animal and environmental ethics, who address the many different facets of changing human-animal relationships in the Anthropocene. As we are living in complex times, the issue of how to establish meaningful relationships with other animals under Anthropocene conditions needs to be approached from a multitude of angles. This book offers the reader insight into the different discussions that exist around the topics of how we should understand animal agency, how we could take animal agency seriously in farms, urban areas and the wild, and what technologies are appropriate and morally desirable to use regarding animals. This book is of interest to both  animal studies scholars and environmental ethics scholars, as well as to practitioners working with animals, such as wildlife managers, zookeepers, and conservation biologists.


Animal Ethics Environmental Ethics Anthropocene Animal Agency Gene Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernice Bovenkerk
    • 1
  • Jozef Keulartz
    • 2
  1. 1.Wageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

About the editors

Bernice Bovenkerk is assistant professor of philosophy [from June 1, 2019 hopefully associate professor] at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research and teaching deal with issues in animal and environmental ethics, the ethics of climate change, and political philosophy. Current topics are the moral status of animals and other natural entities, with a particular focus on fish and insects; animal agency; the ethics of animal domestication; animal (dis)enhancement; animals in the wild; and deliberative democracy. 

She has obtained both a VENI and a VIDI innovative research grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research. The VENI dealt with animal domestication, in particular discussions around the justification of animal captivity, and changing animals’ genomes. In particular, she did research on the ethics of pedigree dog breeding. The VIDI deals with animal agency under Anthropocene conditions.

Bernice received her PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, on a dissertation titled The Biotechnology Debate. Democracy in the face of intractable disagreement. She received her Master’s title at the University of Amsterdam on a thesis titled Pluralism in Environmental Ethics. Together with Jozef Keulartz, she has edited the Springer volume Animal Ethic in the Age of Humans. Blurring boundaries in human-animal relationships. Her homepage is

Jozef Keulartz is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen, and senior researcher Applied Philosophy at Wageningen University and Research Centre. He has published extensively in different areas of science and technology studies, social and political philosophy, bioethics, environmental ethics and nature policy. His books include Die verkehrte Welt des Jürgen Habermas [The Topsy-Turvy World of Jürgen Habermas, 1995] and Struggle for Nature—A Critique of Radical Ecology (1998). He is co-editor of
Pragmatist Ethics for a Technological Culture (Kluwer, 2002), Legitimacy in
European Nature Conservation Policy (Springer, 2008), New Visions of Nature
(Springer, 2009), Environmental Aesthetics. Crossing Divides and Breaking
Ground (Fordham University Press, 2014), and Old World and New World
Perspectives in Environmental Philosophy (Springer, 2014).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Animals in Our Midst: The Challenges of Co-existing with Animals in the Anthropocene
  • Editors Bernice Bovenkerk
    Jozef Keulartz
  • Series Title The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int. Library of Environm.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-63522-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-63525-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-63523-7
  • Series ISSN 1570-3010
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1737
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 579
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Veterinary Medicine/Veterinary Science
    Philosophy of Nature
    Environment, general
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