Being Humans When We Are Animals
Keywords:human-animal contrast, metaphysical vertigo, biology, moral sensitivity, ape language
AbstractThis paper investigates forms of metaphysical vertigo that can appear when contrasts between humans and animals are challenged. Distinguishing three forms of vertigo and four ways of differentiating humans and animals, the paper attempts to achieve a perspicuous representation of what could be termed “the difficulty of being humans when we are animals”; or alternatively, “the difficulty of being animals when we are humans”.
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