Discipline: Philosophy

A term attributed to British psychologist Richard Ryder, author of Victims of Science (1975), it was popularized by Australian philosopher Peter Singer in Animal Liberation (1975).

Speciesism is the doctrine that certain species are innately superior to others; and is used especially to describe the exploitation of lower species by humans.

Also see: chain of being

T Regan and P Singer, Animal Rights and Human Obligations (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1976)


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