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Subhuman: The Moral Psychology of Human Attitudes to Animals

T.J. Kasperbauer


This book provides an account of the moral psychology behind our attitudes to animals. Its main thesis is that behind both our positive and negative attitudes to animals is an underlying concern that animals pose a threat to our humanness. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from research in philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, law, history, sociology, economics, and anthropology. The main thesis of the book is developed by looking at recent research on the phenomenon of dehumanization. Though dehumanization research is often applied only to human groups, it is argued that d ... More

Keywords: moral psychology, animal ethics, animal welfare, dehumanization, ingroup/outgroup psychology, naturalistic ethics, human–animal relationship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190695811
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190695811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T.J. Kasperbauer, author
Visiting Researcher at Kennedy Institute for Ethics, Georgetown University, beginning spring 2017, currently Research Associate at Potomac Institue for Policy Studies (Washington, DC)