For the Love of Goats

Matthew Denton-Edmundson

Goats, like cats, are closer to nature than most domesticated animals, both species going feral more easily than domesticated dogs, which are rarely able to acclimate to life in the wild.

From the Editor

Jay Tolson

Reconsidering the complex relationship between humans and the wider animal kingdom.

Mary Midgley, 1919–2018

Phil Christman

Mary Midgley’s writing was profound but rarely technical; she trained her sights on general problems.

Fellow Passengers

Mark Rowlands

We need to learn to see animals for what, and maybe who, they really are.

Two Cheers for Anthropomorphism

Nathan Goldman

Could it be possible that without anthropomorphism, we’re liable to miss the animal anyway?

Our Pets, Ourselves

Christine Rosen

A turn to animals for emotional support is hardly surprising, even if it is not ideal.

Biotech Cockaigne of the Vegan Hopeful

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft

If we succeed in growing meat, we will do more than change human subsistence strategies forever.

The Deficient Animal

James Davison Hunter

Only the human species is capable of grasping, analyzing, and interpreting signs as symbols.

Brother Rat?

Paul Nedelisky

Empirical verifiability is great when you can get it. But the worry here is what might happen to our self-understanding as human beings if we become willing to trade in an understanding of a rich and meaning-laden feature of our nature for, well, something we can share with a rat.

Introducing Our Spring Issue

Jay Tolson

What does dominion “over every living thing that moves on the earth” mean? Brute sovereignty and ruthless exploitation? Or thoughtful stewardship and responsible cultivation?