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Pets, People, and Pragmatism

Erin McKenna


Pragmatism is used to explore human beings relationships with horses, dogs, and cats. This results in some surprising conclusions such as respectful relations may require humans to continue in some interactions that include training and work. While most animal rights advocates call for the abolition of all such use, a pragmatist needs to respect the history of these beings and find ways for them to express themselves. The biomedical context presents some interesting challenges. Most animal welfare and animal rights advocates say they want to end all use of animals in research, but few real ... More

Keywords: abuse, cats, competition, death, dogs, domestication, horses, pet, pragmatism, research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251148
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin McKenna, author
Pacific Lutheran University