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The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals

Paul Waldau


This is a study of the ways in which animals have been viewed in the Buddhist and Christian religious traditions. The concept of speciesism is used to explore basic questions about which animals, human or otherwise, were significant to early Buddhists and Christians. The volume also seeks to establish a general method of assessing religious traditions’ relationship to cultures’ and believers’ views of the living beings outside the human species. Focusing on language choices, science and other empirical data, ethics, and mechanisms of cultural transmission, the volume assesses the earliest stra ... More

Keywords: animals, Buddhism, Christianity, ethics, nonhuman, religion, speciesism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145717
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Waldau, author
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine