Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?


Chapman & Huffman’s target article calls for a reevaluation of claims of human uniqueness and superiority. It also adds to the literature on how species differences, as Darwin noted, are more of degree than kind. The threats to environmental health and species survival are a consequence of excluding nonhuman animals from moral concern and consideration. The theory of intersectionality should include speciesism in the array of discriminatory practices.

Author Biography

Debra Merskin, Professor of Media Studies, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon, is the author of Seeing Species: Re-presentations of Animals in Media & Popular Culture (Peter Lang, 2018). Website