Between the Species is a peer-reviewed electronic journal devoted to the philosophical examination of the relationship between human beings and other animals. While most articles are ethical inquiries, others raise issues involving metaphysics, epistemology and other areas of philosophical investigation. Between the Species is an open access journal: users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles.
About our back issues
Many of the articles from the original print version of Between the Species (1985-1996) are available on this website in Volumes 1-12. Articles from the original print version with compound issue numbers, such as Vol. 10, Nos. 3-4, are compiled into the leading issue number, e.g., Vol. 10, Issue 3. Complete issues of the online journal from 2002 to 2010 inclusive are compiled in Volume 13.
Current Issue: Volume 18, Issue 1 (2015)In this issue of Between the Speices, Joel Marks explores ways in which language itself promotes the domination of nonhuman animals. Matthew Altman examines ways in which anthropocentric biases color research on animal cognition and offers a potential remedy to such biases. Standard Utilitarian or deontological theoretical bases for animal ethics are rejected by Robert M. Causey, who suggests a Humean approach to these issues. Finally, Chelsea Haramia argues against the practice of breeding pedigreed animals. The issue also contains five book reviews on contemporary philosophical works on animals, a short story by Josephine Donovan, and some poetry by Mary de la Valette.
Decentering Anthropocentrisms: A Functional Approach to Animal Minds
Matthew C. Altman
Fellow Creatures: The Humean Case for Animal Ethics
Robert M. Causey
Why We Should Stop Creating Pets with Lives Worth Living