Generic Animalism

Journal of Philosophy 118 (8):405-429 (2021)
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Abstract

The animalist says we are animals. This thesis is commonly understood as the universal generalization that all human persons are human animals. This article proposes an alternative: the thesis is a generic that admits of exceptions. We defend the resulting view, which we call ‘generic animalism’, and show its aptitude for diagnosing the limits of eight case-based objections to animalism.

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Andrew M. Bailey
Yale-NUS College
Peter van Elswyk
Northwestern University

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