Bartsch, Karen (2019) Developmental aspects of capacities. Animal Sentience 23(16)
Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?
Chapman & Huffman suggest that judgments of human superiority underlie our cruelty to animals. It might be useful to examine how such judgments operate within the human community. Children arguably have a potential for developing “superior” capacities but are outperformed on many tasks by animals. There is a continuum of development in children’s capacities. Perhaps there are interspecies evolutionary continua too. This highlights the complexity of reasoning about humans, animals, and moral inclusion.
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