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Animal RitesAmerican Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory$
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Cary Wolfe

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226905136

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226905129.001.0001

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Postmodern Ethics, the Question of the Animal, and the Imperatives of Posthumanist Theory

(p.190) Conclusion
Animal Rites

Cary Wolfe

University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on animal rights or the question of the animal. It suggests that we should be nondiscriminatory with regard to species in recognizing the characteristics and potentialities that are widely agreed to constitute the subject of a life. This chapter also highlights the problem in approaching the question of ethics and animals in purely pragmatic or immanent terms. It also discusses postmodern ethics, the imperatives of posthumanist theory and the Great Ape Project or the revision and upgrading of the United States Animal Welfare Act.

Keywords:   animal rights, postmodern ethics, animals, posthumanist theory, Great Ape Project, United States Animal Welfare Act

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