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Ethics and Human-Animal Relations


Ethics and Human-Animal Relations

From animal rights to global warming to public health, human use and treatment of animals is among the greatest social issues of our age.  This forum explores the philosophical and policy issues involved in our relation to animals.

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Latest Activity: Dec 4, 2017


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When are Animals Persons?

Started by Peter Dorfman Dec 4, 2017. 0 Replies

Here's a brief article surveying some recent discussions about neurobiological basis of personhood and when human and nonhuman animals attain this state.  In some views, this provides a criterion for…Continue

Tags: ethics, persons, animals

We Are Not the Only Political Animals

Started by Peter Dorfman Nov 3, 2014. 0 Replies

This article, by Justin E. H. Smith of Université Paris Diderot, is from the New York Times' public philosophy forum, The Stone.  It makes a number of points that are certainly debatable, but also…Continue

Law Suit to Declare Chimpanzees Legal Persons

Started by Peter Dorfman Dec 3, 2013. 0 Replies

The article below reports on current efforts to have the New York Supreme Court issue a rit of habeus corpus and declare chimpanzees persons for certain legal purposes.…Continue

Neurological (MRI) Evidence that Dogs Have Similar Emotions to Humans

Started by Peter Dorfman Oct 6, 2013. 0 Replies

His article in today's New York Times provides interesting evidence for the similarity of human and canine emotions based on MRI studies of the activity of canine brains and argues that this provides…Continue

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