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Animals and The Age of Enlightenment

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FEBRUARY 8, 2015 PODCAST EPISODE

When you look at the arc of history in terms of human violence against animals, there is no doubt that things are significantly better than they were in the past. We’ve still got a lot of work to to, but when we step back and look at it from a broader perspective, we can see the paradigm shifts that took place in terms of how we regard and treat animals. One of those shifts can be traced back to what is called The Age of Enlightenment, and that’s what we explore today.

After listening, do you think these thinkers, philosophers, and theologians contributed to the improved treatment of animals in practice — not just in theory? I’ve got my opinion, but I’d like to hear yours. Comment below.


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