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In Defence of Animal Homosexuality

Adriaens, Pieter R. (2019) In Defence of Animal Homosexuality. Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, 11 (022). ISSN 2475-3025

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Is there such thing as animal homosexuality? I begin this paper with a brief discussion of two case studies of homosexual behaviour in nonhuman animals, notably cockchafers and king penguins, in order to reveal the persistent attempts of some animal scientists to explain away animal homosexuality. I then go on to identify and analyse two philosophical concerns underlying these attempts: the problem of other minds and the problem of anthropomorphism. Critics of animal homosexuality seem to assume a) that there is no way of knowing whether nonhuman animals have minds; b) that even if they would in fact have minds, they still would not be capable of having the mental states that we usually associate with human homosexuality; and c) that even if they were capable of such states, there would still be the issue that same-sex sexual mental states and behaviours are often mistakenly identified as sexual states and behaviours. By providing arguments against each of these assumptions, I support the claim that some animals exhibit homosexuality, that there are homosexual mental states in at least some nonhuman animals, and that these states may help to explain homosexual behaviours.


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Adriaens, Pieter R.pieter.adriaens@kuleuven.be
Additional Information: ISSN: 1949-0739 (print)
Keywords: Animals; Anthropomorphism; Homosexuality; Other minds; Sexuality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Jordan Miller
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 15:51
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 14:24
Item ID: 17656
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology
Official URL: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/p/ptpbio/16039257.0011....
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.3998/ptpbio.16039257.0011.022
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 17 September 2019
Volume: 11
Number: 022
ISSN: 2475-3025
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17656

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