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


Chapman & Huffman (C & H) might be taken to argue as follows: Humans may treat animals however they want only if humans are superior to animals. But humans are not superior to animals. Therefore, humans may not treat animals however they want. Whatever its merit, this is not C & H’s actual argument. Their point, instead, is that humans often mistreat animals because they tend to perceive them as inferior. A remedy for animal mistreatment would then be acknowledging the deep similarities between us and animals. But is C & H’s suggested remedy likely to be effective to foster respect for animals?

Author Biography

Matteo Colombo works in the philosophy of science, philosophy of the cognitive and brain sciences, and moral psychology. He is interested in the foundations of theoretical neuroscience, and more generally, in how resources from computational cognitive neuroscience can help us address philosophical puzzles about mind and morality. Website