The Edge of Evolution: Animality, Inhumanity, and Doctor Moreau by Ronald EdwardsThe Edge of Evolution: Animality, Inhumanity, and Doctor Moreau by Ronald Edwards

The Edge of Evolution: Animality, Inhumanity, and Doctor Moreau

byRonald Edwards

Hardcover | March 25, 2016

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The book presents a re-reading of H. G. Wells' novel "The Island of Doctor Moreau" as a key to addressing the controversies of our own humanity. Ron Edwards is a broadly-experienced researcher and teacher specializing in evolutionary theory, as well as a long-time participant in animal careoversight at a leading research institution.His careful examination in this book looks strictly at the novel's actual story to rehabilitate it from the widespread distorted version, and argues that the real story provides an outstanding means to confront human exceptionalism, a prevailing stopping-point for science and ethics. It integratesliterature, history, and science; it bluntly criticizes, discloses, and advocates; and it combines accuracy with clarity, directed toward a lay audience.Finally, the book also raises a genuinely new and relevant issue: with human exceptionalism abolished, where do ethics come from?
Ron Edwards is an author and most recently served as an Assistant Professor, DePaul University. He blogs regularly at
Title:The Edge of Evolution: Animality, Inhumanity, and Doctor MoreauFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:March 25, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190212098

ISBN - 13:9780190212094


Table of Contents

PART ONE: NOT MEANT TO KNOW1. The Paw2. The Ism that Wasn3. Don't MeddlePART TWO: THE THING IS AN ABOMINATION4. The House of Pain5. Into the Lab and Onto the SlabPART THREE: POOR BEASTS6. All the Difference7. To the Beasts You May GoPART FOUR: NO ESCAPE8. That is the Law9. Beast Monsters10. Big Thinks