The academic community in Spain has recently released
the 2000 Edition (No.7) of LAGUNA - The Journal of Philosophy (ISSN
1132-8177). The journal contains three sections; the second section is
entitled "Ethics Transcending Species?"
The section features, among other articles, "El Proyecto
Gran Simio y El Concepto de Persona" (The Great Ape Project and the Idea
of Personhood), by Paula Casal and Peter Singer of The Great Ape Project
<www.greatapeproject.org>. Notably, Peter Singer's book ANIMAL
LIBERATION (with an Introduction by Paula Casal) was recently published
for the first time in the Spanish language.
LAGUNA 2000 also features "Personalidad Legal y Simios
Antropoides" (Legal Personality and Great Apes) by Lee Hall of Great Ape
Standing & Personhood <www.personhood.org>. Hall is also a volunteer
with Proyecto Gran Simio, the Spanish branch of The Great Ape Project.
Both articles discuss the personalities of non-human
great apes, the overlap of relevant characteristics pertaining to human
and non-human apes, and the arbitrariness of granting legal protections
to human beings alone. Non-human persons mentioned in the articles
include chimpanzees who now reside at the Fauna Foundation in Canada,
after years of enduring biomedical research at the Laboratory for
Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates of New York.
This publication is a hopeful sign for the future of
non-human interests in Spain. Moreover, the fact that so much of this
prestigious journal is devoted to a study of non-human interests also
reflects the continued success and worldwide impact of The Great Ape
Project, launched by the groundbreaking book of the same title (Paola
Cavalieri and Peter Singer, Eds. 1993).
LAGUNA 2000 is a 405-page paperback book, published by
the Facultad de Filosofía, Universidad de la Laguna, Spain. It is
available through the office of Secretary Manuel Liz Gutiérrez at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
It is published in Spanish.
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