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Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities?

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/10.1093/0195145712.003.0005

Series: AAR Academy Series

Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities?

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Three groups of socially and cognitively complex nonhuman animals are discussed: elephants, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and nonhuman great apes (gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and chimpanzees). These are assessed in terms of a constellation of general characteristics that lead to rich social relationships among complex individuals, which in turn leads to ethical importance or considerability. The limits of epistemology and sociology of knowledge regarding factual realities are analyzed. The central place of language in ethical debates is assessed.

Keywords: bonobos; cetaceans; chimpanzees; dolphins; elephants; epistemology; gorillas; great apes; orangutans; whales

Chapter.  14782 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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