Man and animal, the question of borders

by Valérie Camos (editorial coordination), Frank Cézilly (editorial coordination), Pierre Guenancia (editorial coordination), Jean-Pierre Sylvestre (editorial coordination)
july 2009
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Some arguments today lead us to question the singularity of man. From the point of view of psychological identity and cognitive performances, the difference between the great apes and man is not a question of nature but only a question of degree. Biology also considers the distinctions between man and animals as differences in nature and not differences between nature and culture. At the ethical level, animals have been instrumentalised as a result of the different ways in which we appropriate them. In addition to this, wild species are threatened today because of industrial development. Taken together, these factors lead some to consider that a true moral or legal solidarity should exist between human and animal life forms.

This multidisciplinary collection addresses the entire range of these problems. Written by philosophers, ethologists, sociologists and biologists, it is intended for students and specialists in the fields addressed here and to all readers interested in this question.


1. L'écologie évolutive et la distinction homme-animal
Bernard Brun

2. La monogamie humaine est-elle « naturelle » ?
Frank Cézilly

3. Les fonctions cognitives élémentaires chez l'enfant et l’animal
Valérie Camos et Jacques Vauclair

4. Brève histoire des idées et représentations des monstres hybrides entre l’homme et l’animal
Pierre Ancet

5. Quelques doutes sur la différence entre l’homme et l’animal
Pierre Guenancia

6. L’animal comme miroir de l’homme au XVIIIe siècle
Jean-Luc Guichet

7. Humanité et animalité dans la pensée humaniste
Jean-Pierre Sylvestre

8. La construction des mondes animaux et du monde humain selon Jacob von Uexküll
Florence Burgat

9. La morale au royaume des animaux
Catherine Larrère et Raphaël Larrère

10. Ethique et éthologie : comportement animal et conduite humaine
Jean-Philippe Pierron

11. Les propositions d’extraction des animaux de la catégorie des objets de droit
Sonia Desmoulin

12. Culture de l’élevage et barbarie des productions animales
Jocelyne Porcher

13. Des frontières familières à l’épreuve d’une expérimentation de contraception animale. L’« affaire » des marmottes de Prapic
Isabelle Mauz et Céline Granjou

14. Espoirs et désespoirs de l’extrapolation des résultats expérimentaux
Luc Rochette


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Language(s): French

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Update Sciences & technologies

Published: 10 july 2009

Reference Book: 02137

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02137EPB

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02137NUM

EAN13 Book: 9782759203222

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759209835

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759203239

Interior: Two-colour

Format (in mm) Book: [NR]

Pages count Book: 214

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 214

Weight (in grammes): 400 (Book)

Size: 570 ko (ePub), 3,6 Mo (PDF)