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

Abstract

We should treat sentient nonhuman animals as worthy of moral consideration, not because we share an evolutionary history with them, but because they can suffer. As Chapman & Huffman (2018) argue, humans are not uniquely disconnected from other species. We should minimize the suffering we inflict on sentient beings — whether human or nonhuman — not because they, too, are tool-makers or have sophisticated communication systems, but because they, too, can suffer, and suffering is bad.

Author Biography

Todd K. Shackelford is Co-Director of the Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory, Oakland University, and Editor of Evolutionary Psychology and Evolutionary Psychological Science. Much of his research addresses sexual conflict in humans. Website

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