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Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights 1st Edition

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"...deeply serious and brilliantly written ...Zoopolis is in fact a courageous book and an intellectual tour de force. It is the most important philosophical work on human-animal relationships since Singer's Animal Liberation ... an inspiration to those people who want to change how humans treat animals." --Richard Keshen, Literary Review of Canada


"...eloquent and extremely thought-provoking ... astonishingly free of sentimentality while still brimming with passion ... Books like this - meticulously thought-out, very attractively reasoned, with no hint of screed - do inestimable good in their incremental way, and Zoopolis is among the best I've ever read, mainly because it avoids the pitfalls of extremism that would make it look untenable to the unconverted."--Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly February 2012


"fascinating and path-breaking ... There is a huge amount to commend in this rich and novel theory.. Zoopolis is a major contribution to both animal ethics and political philosophy, and will provide much interesting debate"--Alasdair Cochrane in The Philosopher's Magazine (3rd Quarter, 2012), pp. 115-16


"...a remarkable landmark in the animal rights debate. Like what Nozick said of Rawls's A Theory of Justice, it would seem that animal rights theorists must either work within the theory put forward by Zoopolis or explain why not"--Tristan Rogers in Journal of Value Inquiry (2012)


"Zoopolis is an amazing book, which proposes to reframe the debate on our relationship with animals in a new theoretical framework..."--Marta Tafalla in Diánoia, Volume LVII, Issue 69 (November 2012): p. 231-237.


"...will take the debate about the limits of liberal citizenship into radical new areas ... Zoopolis breaks new ground by looking at animal rights from a genuinely political perspective ... It's a deliciously contentious thesis ... will force liberal political theorists to look much harder at the boundaries of citizenship"--Daniel Hutton Ferris in PoliticsinSpires.org, March 16, 2012


"Donaldson and Kymlicka's contribution builds upon attempts by others to extend justice to non-human animals in an original and compelling manner. They convincingly demonstrate that theories of animal rights lacking a political component are inadequate, and that traditional citizenship theory wrongly excludes many potential coauthors in the destiny of democratic communities."--Steve Cooke in Global Policy (2012 3:2)


"Zoopolis presents a meticulously principled, thorough--and maybe, hopefully, even realistic--theory, which in many ways improves upon preexisting theories of animal rights."--Nina Varsava in Humanimalia Volume 4, Number 1 - Fall 2012



"...convincing both in its criticism of existing animal rights theories and as the outline of a political theory ... an important and original contribution to the debate about animal rights"--Eva Meijer in Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, 2012


"This is the book that everyone in animal ethics ought to be talking about ... extremely well written and carefully argued, and stuffed with fascinating observations about humans, animals and the relations between them ... Dream novel: Margaret Atwood reads Zoopolis and creates a fictional world like that."--Jean Kazez's philosophy blog, 2012


"I want to hug this book."--Piper Hoffman in Our Hen House, April 2012


"...it reinvigorated my view of animal rights and political theory, presenting a compelling, if pretty utopian, picture of just and egalitarian animal-human relations. More importantly, perhaps, it better illuminated my own understanding of my relationship with animals close to me, Mortimer (dog) and Tadpole (cat)."--Samuel Hawke in Social Justice First, July 2012


"Zoopolis and Governing Animals (OUP) are both worthwhile exercises of political theory. They raise interesting questions, seek to fill important gaps in our theoretical frames, and advance our conceptions especially in the realm of liberal political thought. They will therefore be of interest at least to scholars who study political theory, moral philosophy, and law. Both works will also be of interest to those beyond the academy. Both are well written, and, while academic and theoretical in orientation, they are readable and accessible." --Tulsa Law Review


About the Author


Sue Donaldson lives in Kingston, Canada where she writes essays, plays, and books, including a vegan recipe collection (Foods That Don't Bite Back, Arsenal Pulp Press 2003) and a mystery novel for young adults (Thread of Deceit, Sumach Press 2004).

Will Kymlicka is the author of six books published by Oxford University Press, including Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction (1990; second edition 2002), Multicultural Citizenship (1995), and Multicultural Odysseys (2007). He is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199599661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199599660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an astounding new perspective on animal rights. It explains in clear, concise language why animals deserve not only negative rights (e.g. being free from harm and exploitation) but also positive rights (e.g. basic statuses of citizenship for domesticated animals). While not entirely convinced of their arguments regarding wild and liminal animals, this book genuinely changed my perspective on the status of domesticated animals and how we ought to treat them in a way that hasn't happened since I read Animal Liberation. This book is good for the quiet it's-my-choice vegan and the outspoken abolitionist alike. Highly recommended.
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This book makes a unique and needed contribution to the animal rights movement. I found it extremely well thought out in terms of providing a roadmap and vision of a world where we humans incorporate other animals into our political sphere of concern in sharing the earth together. It is well worth reading.
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By Anna on November 30, 2012
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This book was a required text for one of my political science courses. I thought the author discussed some thoughtful arguments on the topic of animal rights and citizenship. Though I do no agree with the author completely, this is a good text to review and it gave me some new perspectives on the treatment of animals, especially domesticated animals.
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The most advanced and detailed proposal for a theory and implementation of animal rights in the last 40 years .
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