In their performance with humans on many stages and in different ways animals move us to think from victorian vivisectionists to elephant conservation from ancient indian mythology to pet ownership in the contemporary united states our understanding of both animals and what it means to be human has been shaped by anthropomorphic thinking. The contributors to thinking with animals explore the how and why of anthropomorphism drawing attention to its rich and varied uses prominent scholars in the fields of anthropology ethology history and philosophy as well as filmmakers and photographers take a closer look at how deeply and broadly ways of imagining animals have . As this innovative new collection demonstrates humans use animals to transcend the confines of self and species they also enlist them to symbolize dramatize and illuminate aspects of humans experience and fantasy humans merge with animals in stories films philosophical speculations and scientific treatises. Thinking with animals new perspectives on anthropomorphism lorraine daston editor and gregg mitman editor thinking with animals new perspectives on anthropomorphism columbia university press 2005 is anthropomorphism a scientific sin scientists and animal researchers routinely warn against animal stories and contrast rigorous . Thinking with animals new perspectives on anthropomorphism lorraine daston and gregg mitman eds new york columbia university press 2005 230 pp
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