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Comparing Lives: Rush Rhees on Human Animals
Philosophical Investigations (2011)
  • Matthew Pianalto, Eastern Kentucky University

In several posthumously published writings about the differences between humans and animals, Rush Rhees criticises the view that human lives are more important than (or superior to) animal lives. Rhees' views may seem to be in sympathy with more recent critiques of “speciesism.” However, the most commonly discussed anti-speciesist moral frameworks – which take the capacity of sentience as the criterion of moral considerability – are inadequate. Rhees' remark that both humans and animals can be loved points towards a different way of accounting for the moral considerability of humans and animals that avoid the problems of the capacity-based approaches. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2011.01447

  • speciesism,
  • humans,
  • animals,
  • rush rhees,
  • anti-speciesist moral framework
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Matthew Pianalto. "Comparing Lives: Rush Rhees on Human Animals" Philosophical Investigations Vol. 34 Iss. 3 (2011)
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