Feminist Spirituality under Capitalism (Concepts for Critical Psychology) | A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (Forerunners: Ideas First) | The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature | Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science, and Law) | Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times | Dreaming the Dark | Chaos, Territory, Art
We are living in the midst of the Earthâs sixth great extinction event, the first one caused by a single species: our own. In Wild Dog Dreaming, Deborah Bird Rose explores what constitutes an ethical relationship with nonhuman others in this era of loss. She asks, Who are we, as a species? How do we fit into the Earthâs systems? Amidst so much change, how do we find our way into new stories to guide us? Rose explores these questions in the form of a dialogue between science and the humanities. Drawing on her conversations with Aboriginal people, for whom questions of extinction are up-close and very personal, Rose develops a mode of exposition that is dialogical, philosophical, and open-ended.
An inspiration for Roseâand a touchstone throughout her bookâis the endangered dingo of Australia. The dingo is not the first animal to face extinction, but its story is particularly disturbing because the threat to its future is being actively engineered by humans. The brazenness with which the dingo is being wiped out sheds valuable, and chilling, light on the likely fate of countless other animal and plant species.
"People save what they love," observed Michael SoulÃ©, the great conservation biologist. We must ask whether we, as humans, are capable of lovingâand therefore capable of caring forâthe animals and plants that are disappearing in a cascade of extinctions. Wild Dog Dreaming engages this question, and the result is a bold account of the entangled ethics of love, contingency, and desire.