The Problem of Anthropomorphous Animals: Toward a Posthumanist Ethics

Varsava, Nina. "The Problem of Anthropomorphous Animals: Toward a Posthumanist Ethics." Society & Animals 22, no. 5 (2014): 520-536

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Nina Varsava

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date Written: July 20, 2012

Abstract

This article examines arguments in favor of and against the anthropomorphism of non- human animals across the natural and social sciences. Delineating the political agendas underpinning each side of the debate, the essay demonstrates how both sides embody an anthropocentric paradigm. Both anthropo-denial (resistance to anthropomorphism) and anthropo-insistence (affirmation of anthropomorphism) ultimately depend upon and reinscribe the human/animal binary, a binary both speciesist and specious. This article argues for a posthumanist ethics, which discards as ethically pernicious the humanist “human,” along with the moral code that revolves around it.

Keywords: Applied ethics, Practical ethics, Animal ethics, Justice, Political theory, Human-Animal relations, Humanism, Language, Anthropocentrism, Anthropomorphism

Suggested Citation

Varsava, Nina, The Problem of Anthropomorphous Animals: Toward a Posthumanist Ethics (July 20, 2012). Varsava, Nina. "The Problem of Anthropomorphous Animals: Toward a Posthumanist Ethics." Society & Animals 22, no. 5 (2014): 520-536. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3009519

Nina Varsava (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin-Madison ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.wisc.edu/profiles/nvarsava@wisc.edu

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