BOOK REV IEWS injustices in Buddhist societies, contributing to the continuing exclusion of women from the official Buddhist sangha. However, these are minor quibbles with a very lively and engaging collection of translated stories about women from earlier eras of the Buddhist world. Lucinda Peach American University THE SPECTER OF SPECIESISM: BUDDHIST AND CHRISTIAN VIEWS OF ANIMALS. By Paul Waldau. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. xv + 303 pp. At the Parliament of World Religions held in Cape Town in 1999, Dada Vaswani, a leading spiritual voice within India, proclaimed that the nineteenth century brought the liberation of slaves, that the twentieth century brought the liberation of women, and that the twenty-first century will bring the liberation of animals. For Paul Waldau, a key piece in this transformation will result from the insights of ethology, the specialized branch of biology that offers new information regarding the consciousness of animals. Scientific research has revealed that animals occupy a complex world, replete with desires and emotions. Based on this scientific research, Waldau asserts that a new morality will arise that acknowledges the inherent moral standing of animals, and will overturn the long-held view that animals serve only
Buddhist-Christian Studies – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 10, 2004
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