Kelly Oliver
Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us To Be Human
New York: Columbia University Press, 2009
Reviewed by Chloe Taylor, 2012
Included in the Animal Others Special Issue, edited by Lori Gruen and Kari Weil

Hypatia 27.3 (2012): 672-675
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Chloë Taylor is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. She has a PhD from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. Her research interests include twentieth-century French philosophy (especially the works of Michel Foucault), philosophy of sexuality, feminist philosophy, philosophy of food, and animal ethics. She is the author of The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault (Routledge, 2009) and is currently working on a manuscript entitled Sex Crimes and Misdemeanours: Foucault, Feminism, and the Politics of Sexual Crime. She is an editor of the journals Foucault Studies and PhaenEx. (

Oliver reiterates the arguments that she has demonstrated over the course of her book: the very concept of the human is caught up with that of the animal, and speciesism is the ideological underpinning of the various ways that we oppress—dehumanize—other humans.