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What Are Dogs For?

Stephen H. Webb

in On God and Dogs

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152296
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152296.003.0004
What Are Dogs For?

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Are other animals more of the same, or can they be truly different, a “more than” that which makes us change who we are? This chapter investigates two strategies—sociological and psychological—that reduce animals to extensions of the human realm. In these strategies, animals are a mere exaggeration of human reality; they are not excessive in the sense of making claims on us that we cannot avoid or deny. Throughout, the chapter suggests ways in which animals resist reduction and explanation.

Keywords: animals; human reality; other; social self; personal self

Chapter.  7591 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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