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Specifying Speciesism
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Philosophy and Linguistics. Philosophy.
2002 (English)In: Environmental Values, Vol. 11, no 1, 63-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many philosophers consider favouritism toward humans in the context of moral choice to be a prejudice. Several terms are used for it – ‘speciesism’, ‘human chauvinism’, ‘human racism’, and ‘anthropocentrism’ – with somewhat varying and often blurred meanings, which brings confusion to the issue. This essay suggests that only one term, ‘speciesism’, be used, and it attempts a conceptual clarification. To this end it proposes a set of conditions of adequacy for a concept that would be acceptable to the parties of the controversy. Through an examina¬tion of various forms of alleged speciesism it eventually proposes a rather precise concept. On this definition some positions believed not to be speciesist perhaps should be so called, and some positions believed to be speciesist perhaps should not be so called. The latter would better be referred to as ‘humanistic ethics’ or ‘non-speciesist humanism’.

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2002. Vol. 11, no 1, 63-74 p.
Keyword [en]
Animals, anthropocentrism, ethics, human chauvinism, humanism, human racism, partiality, Singer, speciesism, Rachels
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12691OAI: diva2:152362
Available from: 2006-09-20 Created: 2006-09-20 Last updated: 2011-01-13Bibliographically approved

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