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The Specter of SpeciesismBuddhist and Christian Views of Animals$
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Paul Waldau

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145712.001.0001

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Animals and Religious Traditions

Animals and Religious Traditions

(p.11) 1 Animals and Religious Traditions
The Specter of Speciesism

Paul Waldau

Oxford University Press

Because religious traditions are both complex and cumulative, this chapter analyzes what it means to claim generally that an entire religious tradition is, across time and place, characterized by a “view of” or “claims about” nonhuman animals. The issue of anachronism, i.e. imposition of modern constructs on ancient strata of these traditions, is addressed. The occurrence within religious traditions of some aspects of natural history (views of other animals that describe the features of their bodies and lives for identification purposes) is also evaluated.

Keywords:   anachronism, animals, modern constructs, natural history, religious tradition

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