Redefending Nonhuman Justice in Complex Animal Communities: A Response to Jacobs

Journal of Animal Ethics 8 (2):159-165 (2018)
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In response to my argument against Aristotle’s claim that humans are more political than other animals, Edward Jacobs counters that the evidence I use from cognitive ethology and my application of evolutionary principles fail to demonstrate that other animals are as political as humans. Jacobs furthermore suggests that humans are more political than other animals by pointing to the political variation in human communities. In this article, I defend my use of evolutionary principles and my interpretation of anecdotes from cognitive ethology, while challenging Jacobs’s assertion that human political variation implies that humans are more political than other animals.

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Cheryl (C.E.) Abbate
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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