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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (30 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226041638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226041636
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wild Justice makes a compelling argument for open-mindedness regarding non-human animals." -- Deborah Blum "New Scientist"

Wild Justice represents multi-disciplinary scholarship at its finest. All future collaborations between ethologists and philosophers will be measured against the high standard set by Bekoff and Pierce.Tom Regan, author of Empty Cages -- Tom Regan, author of Empty Cages

Over the last generation animals have increasingly come to be seen as objects of moral concern rather than mere things that can be used for our purposes. Building on the work of other scientists and philosophers, Bekoff and Pierce challenge us to go further and to see animals, not just as creatures who can be treated unjustly, but as themselves dispensers of wild justice. Not everyone will agree, but their provocative challenge must be addressed. -- Dale W. Jamieson, New York University

Wild Justice makes a compelling argument for open-mindedness regarding non-human animals. -- Deborah Blum "New Scientist"

"Over the last generation animals have increasingly come to be seen as objects of moral concern rather than mere things that can be used for our purposes. Building on the work of other scientists and philosophers, Bekoff and Pierce challenge us to go further and to see animals, not just as creatures who can be treated unjustly, but as themselves dispensers of 'wild justice.' Not everyone will agree, but their provocative challenge must be addressed." -- Dale W. Jamieson, New York University

"""Over the last generation animals have increasingly come to be seen as objects of moral concern rather than mere things that can be used for our purposes. Building on the work of other scientists and philosophers, Bekoff and Pierce challenge us to go further and to see animals, not just as creatures who can be treated unjustly, but as themselves dispensers of 'wild justice.' Not everyone will agree, but their provocative challenge must be addressed."--Dale W. Jamieson, New York University

"As dense with information as this book is, it remains readable by nonscientists, and its philosophical implications reach far beyond scientific confines."--Tom Cushing "Bark "

"In a time when biological determinism, competition, and 'red tooth and claw' views of animal and human behavior are so prevalent in both scientific and popular literature, Bekoff and Pierce offer a breath of fresh air. They provide ample evidence and a rational theory for the evolution and existence of cooperation, justice, empathy, and morality in social-living animals. This collaboration of a biologist and a philosopher has done a great service to the current understanding and future direction of the study of animal behavior."--Robert W. Sussman, coeditor of The Origins and Nature of Sociality

""Wild Justice" represents multi-disciplinary scholarship at its finest. All future collaborations between ethologists and philosophers will be measured against the high standard set by Bekoff and Pierce."--Tom Regan, author of Empty Cages

""Wild Justice" makes a compelling argument for open-mindedness regarding non-human animals. . . I think they've hit the right note here in trying to further discussion of a provocative thesis."--Deborah Blum "New Scientist "

"One of the most fascinating--and readable--academic books of the year, this groundbreaking study gathers together some remarkable research about the way animals can show compassion and empathy and even have a sense of fair play."--Richard Gray "Telegraph "

"Bekoff and Pierce have managed to convince this initial sceptic that, at the very least, they have a strong case backed by compelling evidence. . . . As a result of reading "Wild Justice" I know a lot more than I did. I will never be able to look at a dog or a cat, or a cow or a coyote for that matter, in the same way again."--Tom Fort "Telegraph "

"As a child I learned that behaving fairly, during play with others, was a very important social rule. As a mother, I learned that treating my child fairly was key in building his trust and cooperation. And we find that fairness plays an important role in the social interactions of many different animals and is key in developing and maintaining friendships. Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce's ideas about the moral lives of animals stress the significance of fairness, cooperation, empathy, and justice, aspects of behavior desperately needed in the world today. Read this book, share it widely, and incorporate its lessons into your classroom, family room or board room."--Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nation"

In a time when biological determinism, competition, and red tooth and claw views of animal and human behavior are so prevalent in both scientific and popular literature, Bekoff and Pierce offer a breath of fresh air. They provide ample evidence and a rational theory for the evolution and existence of cooperation, justice, empathy, and morality in social-living animals. This collaboration of a biologist and a philosopher has done a great service to the current understanding and future direction of the study of animal behavior. --Robert W. Sussman, coeditor of The Origins and Nature of Sociality"

"Wild Justice" represents multi-disciplinary scholarship at its finest. All future collaborations between ethologists and philosophers will be measured against the high standard set by Bekoff and Pierce. --Tom Regan, author of Empty Cages"

" "Over the last generation animals have increasingly come to be seen as objects of moral concern rather than mere things that can be used for our purposes. Building on the work of other scientists and philosophers, Bekoff and Pierce challenge us to go further and to see animals, not just as creatures who can be treated unjustly, but as themselves dispensers of wild justice. Not everyone will agree, but their provocative challenge must be addressed. --Dale W. Jamieson, New York University"

"Wild Justice" makes a compelling argument for open-mindedness regarding non-human animals. . . I think they ve hit the right note here in trying to further discussion of a provocative thesis. --Deborah Blum "New Scientist ""

Bekoff and Piercehave managed to convince this initial sceptic that, at the very least, they have a strong case backed by compelling evidence. . . . As a result of reading "Wild Justice" I know a lot more than I did. I will never be able to look at a dog or a cat, or a cow or a coyote for that matter, in the same way again. --Tom Fort "Telegraph ""

As a child I learned that behaving fairly, during play with others, was a very important social rule. As a mother, I learned that treating my child fairly was key in building his trust and cooperation. And we find that fairness plays an important role in the social interactions of many different animals and is key in developing and maintaining friendships. Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce's ideas about the moral lives of animals stress the significance of fairness, cooperation, empathy, and justice, aspects of behavior desperately needed in the world today. Read this book, share it widely, and incorporate its lessons into your classroom, family room or board room. --Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founderof the Jane Goodall Institute, and United NationsMessenger of Peace"

About the Author

Marc Bekoff (http://literati.net/Bekoff) has published numerous books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and has provided expert commentary for many media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC. Jessica Pierce (www.jessicapierce.net) has taught and written about philosophy for many years. She is the author of a number of books, including Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics.


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The basic proposal of the book is that non-human animals have 'morals'. The definition of morality is not as I would define it. Using a narrow definition, they authors basically say that other animals have 'rules' as to how they behave in their own societies. It is not really ground-breaking and their evidence is Ok but repetitive. It's more of a 'filled'out' booklet than a book. But could stimulate discussion.
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If you've ever suspected that your animals have a kinder heart than you - read this book. Only our arrogance lets us think that we are at the top of the pile. Maybe animals are here to teach us how to love?
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This book is a worthy effort to philosophically consider the kinds of sensitivity, empathy, altruism or morality that animals display. But I felt the best and most helpful bits were the mini-stories of how animals behave. I know stories are not supposed to count in hardball scientific debate. But stories were all I cared about, all I will remember, and I think they speak louder than any philosophical argument.
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Marc Berkoff explain with absolute clarity animal behaviour and understand completly that animals experience the same feeling and emotions as humans do. He explains his research finding with absolute clarity.

Mark reminds us that in order to understand animals, we will not find the answer by dissecting them, injecting them with harmful chemicals or keep them in an unnatural laboratory environment, which does include zoo's. Marc is no quack or ageing hippie, but a highly respected Professor at Harvard in the study of Animal ethology

A fabulous book written by a first class psychological ethologist.
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Love this book. So interesting and insightful. Very easy to read.
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I love this book, a real eye opener
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