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Thinking with Animals - New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism


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Preface Introduction. The How and Why of Thinking with Animals, by Lorraine Daston and Gregg Mitman 1. Zoomorphism in Ancient India: Humans More Bestial Than the Beasts, by Wendy Doniger 2. Intelligences: Angelic, Animal, Human, by Lorraine Daston 3. The Experimental Animal in Victorian Britain, by Paul S. White 4. Comparative Psychology Meets Evolutionary Biology: Morgan's Canon and Cladistic Parsimony, by Elliott Sober 5. Anthropomorphism and Cross-Species Modeling, by Sandra D. Mitchell 6. People in Disguise: Anthropomorphism and the Human-Pet Relationship, by James A. Serpell 7. Digital Beasts as Visual Esperanto: Getty Images and the Colonization of Sight, by Cheryce Kramer 8. Pachyderm Personalities: The Media of Science, Politics, and Conservation, by Gregg Mitman 9. Reflections on Anthropomorphism in The Disenchanted Forest, by Sarita Siegel

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In Thinking with Animals, prominent scholars in the fields of anthropology, ethology, history, and philosophy, as well as filmmakers and photographers, take a closer look at how anthropomorphism has transformed humans and animals alike. Essays investigate the changing patterns of anthropomorphism across different time periods and their transformative effects. Examining how anthropomorphic thinking "works" in a range of different contexts, contributors reveal the ways in which anthropomorphism is remarkably useful in promoting good health and spirits, enlisting support in political causes, selling products across boundaries of culture or nationality, crystallizing social values, and in holding up a philosophical mirror to the human predicament.

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Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin. Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


" " Thinking with Animals...will surely join the growing literature on consciousness, animal cognition, and the continuity between human and animal minds." -- Juliet Clutton-Brock, Nature "Thoughtful and well researched... The interdisciplinary nature of this collection makes it a valuable addition." -- Robert B. Ridinger, E-Streams

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