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The Specter of SpeciesismBuddhist and Christian Views of Animals$
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Paul Waldau

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145712.001.0001

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Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities?

Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities?

(p.59) 4 Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities?
The Specter of Speciesism

Paul Waldau

Oxford University Press

Three groups of socially and cognitively complex nonhuman animals are discussed: elephants, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and nonhuman great apes (gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and chimpanzees). These are assessed in terms of a constellation of general characteristics that lead to rich social relationships among complex individuals, which in turn leads to ethical importance or considerability. The limits of epistemology and sociology of knowledge regarding factual realities are analyzed. The central place of language in ethical debates is assessed.

Keywords:   bonobos, cetaceans, chimpanzees, dolphins, elephants, epistemology, gorillas, great apes, orangutans, whales

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