Carrie Figdor publishes paper on “The psychological speciesism of humanism.” (June 2020)

Professor of philosophy Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa) published an article, “The Psychological Speciesism of Humanism,” in Phil Studies.

Abstract: 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.

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