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Criticisms of Speciesism

Paul Waldau

in The Specter of Speciesism

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145717
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145712.003.0004

Series: AAR Academy Series

Criticisms of Speciesism

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Criticisms of “speciesism” by various philosophers are engaged to provide a test for assessing limitations of the notion generally. Analogies of speciesism to racism and sexism are evaluated. The notion of “persons” is discussed in terms of Immanuel Kant's division of persons and things. Duty of inquiry as an obligation of ethics, and the notion of “species loyalty” or “species bond” is analyzed as a cultural artifact or conventionalism.

Keywords: analogies; conventionalism; cultural artifact; duty of inquiry; ethics; Immanuel Kant; racism; sexism; species loyalty; speciesism

Chapter.  8437 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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