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Decentering Anthropocentrisms: A Functional Approach To Animal Minds, Matthew C. Altman Nov 2013

Decentering Anthropocentrisms: A Functional Approach To Animal Minds, Matthew C. Altman

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Anthropocentric biases manifest themselves in two different ways in research on animal cognition. Some researchers claim that only humans have the capacity for reasoning, beliefs, and interests; and others attribute mental concepts to nonhuman animals on the basis of behavioral evidence, and they conceive of animal cognition in more or less human terms. Both approaches overlook the fact that language-use deeply informs mental states, such that comparing human mental states to the mental states of nonlinguistic animals is misguided. In order to avoid both pitfalls -- assuming that animals have mental lives just like we do, or assuming that they have ...


The Animal Question In Deconstruction, Rafe Mcgregor Oct 2013

The Animal Question In Deconstruction, Rafe Mcgregor

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Review of The Animal Question in Deconstruction, edited by Lynn Turner (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013)


Recognizing Nonhuman Morality, Simon J. Coghlan Sep 2013

Recognizing Nonhuman Morality, Simon J. Coghlan

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Claims that some sorts of genuine moral behavior exist in nonhuman beings are increasingly common. Many people, however, remain unconvinced, despite growing acceptance of the remarkable behavioral complexity of animals and despite the admission that there may be significant differences between human and nonhuman moral behavior. This paper argues that the rejection of “moral animals” is misplaced. Yet at the same time, it attempts to show how the philosophical task of exhibiting the possibility of nonhuman moral behavior is often misguided, leaving claims about nonhuman morality unnecessarily exposed to philosophical rejection.


An Interview With Sue Donaldson And Will Kymlicka, Angus Taylor Jul 2013

An Interview With Sue Donaldson And Will Kymlicka, Angus Taylor

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Angus Taylor interviews Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka, authors of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011).


Letter To The Editor: The Function Of Animal Ethics Committee, David G. Allen, Rebecca Halligan Jul 2013

Letter To The Editor: The Function Of Animal Ethics Committee, David G. Allen, Rebecca Halligan

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Letter To The Editor: Animal Ethics Committees - Reassurances Rejected, Denise Russell Jul 2013

Letter To The Editor: Animal Ethics Committees - Reassurances Rejected, Denise Russell

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Introduction To Special Issue 16(1), John Nolt Jul 2013

Introduction To Special Issue 16(1), John Nolt

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Review Of Hunting: In Search Of The Wild Life, Nathan Kowalsky (Ed.), Regina Swanson Jul 2013

Review Of Hunting: In Search Of The Wild Life, Nathan Kowalsky (Ed.), Regina Swanson

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Book Review Of This Is Not Sufficient, Frank Garrett Jun 2013

Book Review Of This Is Not Sufficient, Frank Garrett

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Review Of Kemmerer, Animals And World Religions, Sidney Blankenship Ma May 2013

Review Of Kemmerer, Animals And World Religions, Sidney Blankenship Ma

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Nonhuman Animals: Not Necessarily Saints Or Sinners, Cheryl E. Abbate Apr 2013

Nonhuman Animals: Not Necessarily Saints Or Sinners, Cheryl E. Abbate

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Higher-order thought theories maintain that consciousness involves the having of higher-order thoughts about mental states. In response to these theories of consciousness, an attempt is often made to illustrate that nonhuman animals possess said consciousness, overlooking an alarming consequence: attributing higher-order thought to nonhuman animals might entail that they should be held morally accountable for their actions. I argue that moral responsibility requires more than higher-order thought: moral agency requires a specific higher-order thought which concerns a belief about the rightness or wrongness of affecting another’s mental states. This “moral thought” about the rightness or wrongness is not yet ...


Evidence Of Sexism And Male Privilege In The Animal Liberation/Rights Movement, Lisa Kemmerer Apr 2013

Evidence Of Sexism And Male Privilege In The Animal Liberation/Rights Movement, Lisa Kemmerer

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Good Eats, Elizabeth Foreman Feb 2013

Good Eats, Elizabeth Foreman

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If one believes that vegetarianism is morally obligatory, there are numerous ways to argue for that conclusion. In this paper, classic utilitarian and rights-based attempts to ground this obligation are considered, as well as Cora Diamond’s reframing of the debate in terms of the proper way to view other animals. After discussion of these three ways to ground the obligation and their problems, an attitude-based approach inspired by Diamond’s view (though different from it in important ways) is advanced. It is argued that such a view, by focusing moral attention on the attitudes of agents as opposed to ...


The Moral Patient, The Honorable Fiduciary, And A Faltering Liberalism: An Exploration Of Professor Bryant's Call To Animal Respect, Iris J. Goodwin Jan 2013

The Moral Patient, The Honorable Fiduciary, And A Faltering Liberalism: An Exploration Of Professor Bryant's Call To Animal Respect, Iris J. Goodwin

Between the Species

Professor Bryant’s article – which seeks to discover whether aspects of an anticruelty statute can be based directly on a call to virtuous conduct – is a provocative piece of scholarship that harbors a much larger question: Can a general principle mandating full respect for animals be developed out of the moral methodology inhering in virtue ethics? Insights garnered in this rejoinder are meant to stand alongside those in Professor Bryant’s article to lend deep moral grounding to animal-respect as well as provide intimations of the way virtue ethics as a moral methodology might yield determinate answers to moral questions ...


Shared Responsibility In A Multispecies Playground, Marcus Baynes-Rock Jan 2013

Shared Responsibility In A Multispecies Playground, Marcus Baynes-Rock

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While conducting research on urbanised hyenas in Harar, Ethiopia, I was approached by a young hyena named Willi. In contrast to other hyenas, who tolerated my presence but otherwise had little interest in me, Willi insisted on some kind of engagement. Through biting, chase play, combing, following and standing by one other, Willi and I went beyond our species limitations and created an improvised intersubjectivity based on a will to understand. However, our friendship led to some harmful consequences for which I felt responsible. This led me to question the ethics of engagement with non-humans: if unforeseen harms can result ...