ISBN : 9780190695811
How do we think about animals? How do we decide what they deserve and how we ought to treat them? Subhuman takes an interdisciplinary approach to these questions, drawing from research in philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, law, history, sociology, economics, and anthropology. Subhuman argues that our attitudes to nonhuman animals, both positive and negative, largely arise from our need to compare ourselves to them.
1. Introduction; 2. Evolved Attitudes to Animals; 3. Dehumanizing Animals; 4. Dehumanization and Mentalizing Animals; 5. Diagnosing Moral Failures; 6. Psychological Plausibility for Animal Ethics; 7. Animals and the Expanding Moral Circle; 8. Managing Moral Psychology for Animal Ethics; Acknowledgements; References