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


Chapman & Huffman (C&H) offer a theory of why we humans want to believe that we are different: to justify our cruelty to animals. This commentary offers further supporting evidence of this and examines more closely what the claim that humans are ‘different’ amounts to. It also considers some methodological issues in animal psychology closely related to C&H ‘s theory. These problems result from a common strategy for defending hypotheses about human difference.

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Author Biography

Joe Gough is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex, specializing in the intersection of philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of psychiatry. Website