Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial

Anthropomorphism: the attribution of human behaviour or personality to non-human animals. Some (both scholars and non-scholars) still insist that we shouldn’t anthropomorphise animals because they are inferior to humans in thinking, feeling, communicating, etc., etc. The reasoning for this assumption is often circular: “Consciousness is assumed in advance to be uniquely human, and any suggestion... Continue Reading →

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Our contradictory relationship with animals: anthropocentric view vs. biophilia

Our relationship with animals is contradictory. On the one hand, we do understand that we are animals ourselves, but the idea seems too uncomfortable to many and they ‘forget’ about this simple fact and push the idea itself to the back of their mind: Animals are animals and we are humans, and not just humans... Continue Reading →

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