Humanism, anti-humanism, and nonhuman animals

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Coghlan, Simon. (2016) Humanism, anti-humanism, and nonhuman animals. Society and Animals. 24(4), pp. 403 - 419. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341416
AuthorsCoghlan, Simon
Abstract

Many attacks against the anthropocentric prejudice that nonhuman animals have a slight or impoverished ethical subjecthood are also attacks on the humanistic idea of human moral uniqueness. This essay examines a way of overturning that anthropocentric prejudice by deploying certain conceptual resources of an expansive ethical humanism. Although this may appear to be a strange route to that destination, the suggestion is raised that this approach might significantly enrich our conception of nonhumans as ethical subjects.

Keywordsanthropocentrism; humanism; posthumanism; anti-humanism; ethical subjecthood; murder; remorse
Year2016
JournalSociety and Animals
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 403 - 419
PublisherBrill
ISSN1063-1119
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341416
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84984710881
Page range403 - 419
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationNetherlands
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