Philosophical Studies 178:1545-1569 (2021)

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Carrie Figdor
University of Iowa
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Humanists argue for assigning the highest moral status to all humans over any non-humans directly or indirectly on the basis of uniquely superior human cognitive abilities. They may also claim that humanism is the strongest position from which to combat racism, sexism, and other forms of within-species discrimination. I argue that changing conceptual foundations in comparative research and discoveries of advanced cognition in many non-human species reveal humanism’s psychological speciesism and its similarity with common justifications of within-species discrimination.
Keywords humanism  speciesism  animal rights  animal welfare  moral status  comparative psychology  animal minds  speciesism
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-020-01495-y
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