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 16, Issue 1 (2013) Special Issue

This issue and the previous one of Between the Species are the first “special issues” in the history of the journal. Both comprise selected peer-reviewed papers from interdisciplinary conferences. Whereas questions about animal ethics have been investigated by philosophers for many years, the emerging field of Animal Studies brings philosophers into dialogue with scholars from other fields such as the sciences, law, sociology, veterinary medicine, and others.

This issue arises from a symposium on Animals, Ethics and Law held at the University of Tennessee in March 2012. While Between the Species continues to be primarily a philosophical journal, we both acknowledge and welcome these fruitful cross-disciplinary discussions about animals, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to publish them.

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