Animal Studies, Animal Ethics

  • Pauline Delahaye
Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 19)


Evaluation sub-question n°1: what are the problematic ethical aspects of animal studies that semiotics can answer?

This chapter is meant to present the different problems one can be confronted with while studying animals, starting with general issues. It will thus tackle the philosophical difficulty represented by the fact of working with living beings, especially the difficulty in trying to understand foreign minds. The question of emergency situations and their handling will also be addressed. It will then examine the issues regarding ethics applied to animal studies directly, such as the problems raised by the study of endangered species, cognitively complex species, or even the question of animal suffering. In the end, we will present solutions that the semiotic methodology brings, both for general issues and for more specifically ethical problems.


Animal ethics Endangered species Pain Cognitive abilities Population management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pauline Delahaye
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  1. 1.Paris-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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