Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today. Chapters in this Handbook address real-world and practical applications of evolutionary psychology such as applications to medicine, psychiatry, law, and technology. The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences. Part 1: Applications to Health and Well-Being, Part 2: Applications to Law and Order, and Part 3: Applications to Technology, Communications, and the Future.

Animal Ethics and Evolutionary Psychology

Animal Ethics and Evolutionary Psychology

Animal ethics and evolutionary psychology
Diana Santos Fleischman


Evolutionary psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution to understand the functions of our psychological adaptations such as motivations, emotions, and cognitions. Humans have many interactions with nonhuman animals (hereafter just ‘animals’, although the term ‘nonhuman animals’ makes an important philosophical point), most of which are fairly recent (e.g., cats as companion animals), but some go much further back in our history (e.g., hunting animals for food). We use animal bodies for fur, meat, lactation, eggs, labor, and scientific study; the scale of animal use is enormous, trillions of animals are killed for food each year (Wiblin and Bollard, 2017). In the last few ...

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