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Between the Species

2008

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The Intentionality Of Plover Cognitive States, Chuck Stieg Aug 2008

The Intentionality Of Plover Cognitive States, Chuck Stieg

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This paper attempts to clarify and justify the attribution of mental states to animals by focusing on two different conceptions of intentionality: instrumentalist and realist. I use each of these general views to interpret and discuss the behavior and cognitive states of piping plovers in order to provide a substantive way to frame the question of animal minds. I argue that attributing mental states to plovers is warranted for instrumentalists insofar as it is warranted for similar human behavior. For realists about intentionality, the complexity, adaptability and flexibility of the plovers’ behavior, along with its ability to utilize the content ...


Peter Singer’S Hegelianism: The Social Context Of Equality, David Rose Aug 2008

Peter Singer’S Hegelianism: The Social Context Of Equality, David Rose

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Book Review Brian Luke's Brutal: Manhood And The Exploitation Of Animals, Laura Donnellan Aug 2008

Book Review Brian Luke's Brutal: Manhood And The Exploitation Of Animals, Laura Donnellan

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Genetically Engineering Human-Animal Chimeras And Lives Worth Living, Dennis R. Cooley Aug 2008

Genetically Engineering Human-Animal Chimeras And Lives Worth Living, Dennis R. Cooley

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Genetic engineering often generates fear of out of control scientists creating Frankenstein creatures that will terrorize the general populace, especially in the cases of human-animal chimeras. While sometimes an accurate characterization of some researchers, this belief is often the result of repugnance for new technology rather than being rationally justified. To facilitate thoughtful discussion the moral issues raised by human-animal chimeras, ethicists and other stakeholders must develop a rational ethical framework before raw emotion has a chance of becoming the dominating justification for public opinion and policy. Derek Parfit’s work on lives worth living for human beings can provide ...


Animal Thoughts On Factory Farms: Michael Leahy, Language And Awareness Of Death, Rebekah Humphreys Aug 2008

Animal Thoughts On Factory Farms: Michael Leahy, Language And Awareness Of Death, Rebekah Humphreys

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The idea that language is necessary for thought and emotion is a dominant one in philosophy. Animals have taken the brunt of this idea, since it is widely held that language is exclusively human. Michael Leahy (1991) makes a case against the moral standing of factory-farmed animals based on such ideas. His approach is Wittgensteinian: understanding is a thought process that requires language, which animals do not possess. But he goes further than this and argues that certain factory farming methods do not cause certain sufferings to the animals used, since animals lack full awareness of their circumstances. In particular ...


The Ethical Disconnect Of The Circus: Humanity's Acceptance Of Performing Elephants - Author's Note Added 2 Feb 2011, Mike Jaynes Aug 2008

The Ethical Disconnect Of The Circus: Humanity's Acceptance Of Performing Elephants - Author's Note Added 2 Feb 2011, Mike Jaynes

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Reasonable Humans And Animals: An Argument For Vegetarianism, Nathan Nobis Aug 2008

Reasonable Humans And Animals: An Argument For Vegetarianism, Nathan Nobis

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The Social Contract, The Conservative Attitude, And Antibiotics Development, Eli Weber Aug 2008

The Social Contract, The Conservative Attitude, And Antibiotics Development, Eli Weber

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The prevalence of antibiotic resistant microbes has led to a call for new antibiotics development. Due to the irresponsible practices of the medical community in prescribing antibiotics, much of the demand for new antibiotics is suspect. I argue that the social contract, which properly includes human relationships with laboratory animals, requires a conservative attitude toward new antibiotics development. This attitude places limits on the justificatory role of demand in determining whether a particular research project meets the conditions for morally justified research, as defined by Rollin’s utilitarian principle.


Review Of Francione's Animals As Persons: Essays On The Abolition Of Animal Exploitation, Joan Schaffner Aug 2008

Review Of Francione's Animals As Persons: Essays On The Abolition Of Animal Exploitation, Joan Schaffner

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The Pig Roast, Josephine Donovan Aug 2008

The Pig Roast, Josephine Donovan

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No abstract provided.