Referring to Animals
DECEMBER 24, 2006
Mark Spahn, a longtime reader of my AnalPhilosopher blog, thinks it’s question-begging to use “who” (instead of “that”) to refer to animals. I don’t know of a neutral way to refer to animals: one that doesn’t make an assumption about moral status. If both usages are question-begging, and if there’s no neutral reference, what’s wrong with choosing the usage that accords with one’s view of the moral status of animals?