Why animalism matters

Philosophical Studies 178 (9):2929-2942 (2021)
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Abstract

Here is a question as intriguing as it is brief: what are we? The animalist’s answer is equal in brevity: we are animals. This stark formulation of the animalist slogan distances it from nearby claims—that we are essentially animals, for example, or that we have purely biological criteria of identity over time. Is the animalist slogan—unburdened by modal or criterial commitments—still interesting, though? Or has it lost its bite? In this article we address such questions by presenting a positive case for the importance of animalism and applying that case to recent critiques.

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

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