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Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues
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What is it really like to be a dog? Do animals experience emotions like pleasure, joy, and grief? Marc Bekoff's work draws world-wide attention for its originality and its probing into what animals think about and know as well as what they feel, what physical and mental skills they use to live successfully within their social community. Bekoff's work, whether addressed to scientists or the general public, demonstrates that investigations into animal thought, emotions, self-awareness, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology can be compassionate as well as scientifically rigorous.In Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues, Bekoff brings together essays on his own ground-breaking research and on what scientists know about the remarkable range and flexibility of animal behavior. His fascinating and often amusing observations of dogs, wolves, coyotes, prairie dogs, elephants, and other animals playing, leaving and detecting scent-marks ("yellow snow"), solving problems, and forming friendships challenge the idea that science and the ethical treatment of animals are incompatible.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. EMOTIONS, COGNITION, AND ANIMAL SELVES: “WOW! THAT’S ME!”
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. 1 Beastly Passions
  2. pp. 35-39
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  1. 2 Cognitive Ethology: The Comparative Study of Animal Minds
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. 3 On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology
  2. pp. 50-65
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  1. 4 Reflections on Animal Selves
  2. pp. 66-76
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  1. II THE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR OF DOGS AND COYOTES
  2. pp. 77-85
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  1. 5 The Social Ecology of Coyotes
  2. pp. 86-98
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  1. 6 Population and Social Biology of Free-Ranging Domestic Dogs, Canis familiaris
  2. pp. 99-111
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  1. 7 Ground Scratching by Male Domestic Dogs: A Composite Signal?
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. 8 Observations of Scent-Marking and Discriminating Selffrom Others by a Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris): Tales of Displaced Yellow Snow
  2. pp. 116-122
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  1. III SOCIAL PLAY, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION: COOPERATION, FAIRNESS, AND WILD JUSTICE
  2. pp. 123-133
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  1. 9 Social Communication in Canids: Evidence for the Evolution of a Stereotyped Mammalian Display
  2. pp. 134-139
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  1. 10 Virtuous Nature
  2. pp. 140-143
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  1. 11 Wild Justice, Cooperation, and Fair Play: Minding Manners, Being Nice, and Feeling Good
  2. pp. 144-176
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  1. IV HUMAN DIMENSIONS: HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTIONS
  2. pp. 177-181
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  1. 12 Human (Anthropogenic) Effects on Animal Behavior
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. 13 Translocation Effects on the Behavior of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus)
  2. pp. 192-196
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  1. 14 Interactions Among Dogs, People, and the Environment in Boulder, Colorado: A Case Study
  2. pp. 197-208
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  1. 15 Behavioral Interactions and Conflict Among Domestic Dogs, Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs, and People in Boulder, Colorado
  2. pp. 209-218
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  1. V ETHICS, COMPASSION, CONSERVATION, AND ACTIVISM: REDECORATING NATURE
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. 16 The Importance of Ethics in Conservation Biology: Let’s Be Ethicists Not Ostriches
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. 17 Ethics and the Study of Carnivores: Doing Science While Respecting Animals
  2. pp. 232-262
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  1. Afterword: Minding Animals, Minding Earth–Old Brains in New Bottlenecks
  2. pp. 263-276
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  1. References
  2. pp. 277-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-305
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