Ball, Derek and Sachs, Benjamin (2019) Scepticism about moral superiority. Animal Sentience 23(46)
Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?
Chapman & Huffman suggest that we might change people’s behavior toward animals by resisting an argument that because humans are intellectually superior to animals, they are also morally superior to animals. C & H try to show that the premise is false: Humans are not intellectually superior. Several commentators have resisted this response. We suggest that there are other ways of attacking the argument: The notion of moral superiority on which the argument relies is dubious, and the obvious ways of reformulating the argument are instances of the “naturalistic fallacy.”