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The Problem of Anthropomorphous Animals: Toward a Posthumanist Ethics

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This article examines arguments in favor of and against the anthropomorphism of nonhuman 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.

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