While writing a chapter on contemporary animal rights for an ethics book, philosophy professor James Brusseau began asking how the animal studies could reflect back to reveal human truths. Dignity, Pleasures, Vulgarity pursues that question as it ranges from an accessible look at today's philosophy of animal ethics, to an investigation of what we can learn about ourselves in the midst of thinking about animals.


Set against the backdrop of the wine, love, sex and blood soaked running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, this short and compelling narrative nonfiction explores how animals – human and nonhuman – exist together.

Celia Kutcher
KTEP NPR James Brusseau
    Innovative and sometimes shocking, the book explores the concepts of dignity, pleasure and vulgarity not only in terms of their relevance to the moral status of non-human animals, but also in terms of what they tell us about who we are.  
      Professor Robert Garner, University of Leicester, UK, author of Political Animals  
    In Dignity, Pleasures, Vulgarity, philosopher James Brusseau examines the moral status of animals in the context of the running of the bulls and the Spanish bullfight.  The result is an unusual book which is, at the same time, provocative, fascinating, and unsettling.  
      Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It Is So Hard To Think Straight About Animals  
    In this concise yet profound work, Brusseau enlightens vexed issues of animal and human ethics in the context of narrative nonfiction that engages.  
      Ralph Acampora, author of Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics & Philosophy of Body  
    An extremely interesting book. James Brusseau’s Dignity, Pleasure, Vulgarity is an accessible and clear read about topics centering on applied human and animal ethics that often get lost in verbiage that is inaccessible to non-academic readers.  
      Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., University of Colorado, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age  

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