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Ethics and Human-Animal Relations Discussions (16)

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When are Animals Persons?

Here's a brief article surveying some recent discussions about neurobiological basis of personhood and when human and nonhuman animals atta…

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Dec 4, 2017

We Are Not the Only Political Animals

This article, by Justin E. H. Smith of Université Paris Diderot, is from the New York Times' public philosophy forum, The Stone.  It makes…

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Nov 3, 2014

Law Suit to Declare Chimpanzees Legal Persons

The article below reports on current efforts to have the New York Supreme Court issue a rit of habeus corpus and declare chimpanzees person…

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Dec 3, 2013

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

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

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Oct 6, 2013

Frans de Waal on Moral Behavior in Animals

Frans de Waal is a well-known researcher in animal behavior.  In the TED lecture below he discusses the manifestation of elements of moral…

Started by Peter Dorfman

2 Jul 17, 2012
Reply by Peter Dorfman

Common Human and Animal Illnesses

Not exactly on the topic of this group, but still quite relevant to many considerations of how we should apply our understanding of humans…

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Jun 14, 2012

NYTimes Feature, Put Your Ethics Where Your Mouth Is

I don't know how many people may have seen this discussion of the moral justification for eating meat on the New York Times web site so I a…

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Apr 25, 2012

Cross Species Animal Relationships

Hello. Over the years friends in philosophy who work on animal relationships and related have been sending me and collecting photographs of…

Started by Christina Rawls

2 Feb 22, 2012
Reply by Peter Dorfman

Animal Studies in the Academy

Today's New York Times has an interesting article describing the emergence of courses, programs and conferences on Animal Studies in univer…

Started by Peter Dorfman

3 Jan 6, 2012
Reply by Ike Sharpless

The End of Nature

I recently read an essay that is relevant to the topic of this forum and of the Public Philosophy Network so I thought I'd post a link to i…

Started by Peter Dorfman

0 Dec 24, 2011


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