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In addressing the current resurgence in anthropomorphism in animal behavior studies, at least three issues must be addressed.
Critical anthropomorphism assumes there is a great deal in common between humans and animals.
Saadiah, like Onkelos, translated the Torah in a rational manner, eschewed anthropomorphisms, halakhah and interesting homiletical interpretations [derash], which go beyond the plain original meaning of the biblical text.
Oerlemans finds in William Wordsworth, particularly, "a complex sympathy that at once recognizes a deep-rooted commonality between humans and animals, and a respect for the individuality and even incomprehensibility of non-human consciousness" (95) Like sympathetic identification, anthropomorphism risks reducing otherness to a reflection of oneself and one's all-too-human needs.
Monotheism's convenient anthropomorphism is multifaceted.
Andrei Platonov's tale of a five-year-old boy left to his own devices while his mother is working in the fields turns into an excursion into anthropomorphism, as the child envisions imaginary water people, stump figures, and gnomes inhabiting his immediate environs.
In an engaging and funny family film that nicely mixes the animated anthropomorphism of Toy Story with the plot of The Magnificent Seven, directors John Lassiter and Andrew Stanton tell the story of a bug who saves his friends by running away to the circus for reinforcements.
Later in the book, Lamont adds that religions "teach a cosmology of conceit and a superstitious anthropomorphism that militates against humanity's true good in this one and only life.
With respect to animal suffering, we noted the limitations and open-ended character of the method of critical anthropomorphism.
During recent years the global pet food market has seen a shift towards premium products, driven by rising disposable incomes, strong consumer confidence, anthropomorphism and social factors such as increased life expectancy and the growth of single-occupancy household.
Here, the body--suggested in the anthropomorphism of the standing paintings-cum-sculptures--is pictured rather than implied, which has the effect of making its absence more profound.
They are painted realistically, although there is an element of sentimental anthropomorphism about them--enabling the illustrator to show human-type emotions, which will no doubt make them more engaging to children.