Terms and Definitions

Animals Killed During Crop Production: Not As Many As You Think

A discussion came up on Facebook recently about the death of small animals, or rodents, during crop production, and how this is a blow against veganism due to its strictly compassionate doctrine (i.e. that by harvesting crops for consumption, animal exploitation is occurring). There are several assumptions being made in that argument, and after some […]

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Speciesism

Speciesism involves the assignment of different values, rights, or special consideration to individuals solely on the basis of their species membership. The term is sometimes used by animal rights advocates, who argue that speciesism is a prejudice similar to racism or sexism, in that the treatment of individuals is predicated on group membership and morally irrelevant physical differences. Their claim is that species membership has no moral...

Rationalism

Rationalism is the view that “regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge” or “any view appealing to reason as a source of knowledge or justification”. More formally, rationalism is defined as a methodology or a theory “in which the criterion of the truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive”. Rationalists believe reality has an intrinsically logical structure. Because...

Anti-authoritarianism

Anti-authoritarianism is opposition to authoritarianism, which is defined as <em>”a form of social organization characterized by submission to authority”</em>, <em>”favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom”</em> and to authoritarian government. Anti-authoritarians usually believe in full equality before the law and strong civil liberties. Sometimes the term...

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