Chapter

Animal Minds

Donna Yarri

in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195181791
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195181794.003.0003

Series: AAR Academy Series

 Animal Minds

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The question of animal minds is a central one in the debate on the ethical treatment of animals in general, and on the issue of animal experimentation in particular. This chapter argues that animals possess at least rudimentary levels of cognition, including rationality, language, intelligence, consciousness, beliefs and desires, autonomy, and personhood. The existence of marginal humans, who lack to some degree the cognition of normal adult humans, challenges the notion of speciesism, in which automatic favor is granted to or denied to one simply by virtue of species membership. Thus, the conclusion is reached that the differences between humans and animals are differences of degree rather than differences of kind.

Keywords: animal minds; animal experimentation; cognition; rationality; language; consciousness; autonomy; personhood; speciesism; marginal humans

Chapter.  19005 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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