- Human exceptionalism
Human exceptionalism refers to a belief that
human beingshave special status in naturebased on their unique capacities. This special status conveys special rights, such as the right to life, and also unique responsibilities, such as stewardshipof the environment.
Some believers in human exceptionalism base the concept in
Abrahamic religions, such as the verse in Genesis1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Others take a
secularapproach, such as pointing to evidence of unusual rapid evolution of the brain and the emergence of "exceptional" aptitudes. As one commentator put it, "Over the course of human history, we have been successful in cultivating our faculties, shaping our development, and impacting upon the wider world in a deliberate fashion, quite distinct from evolutionary processes. [Starr, Sandy. " [http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/0000000CA855.htm What Makes Us Exceptional?] ". Spiked Science]
* Hughes, James" (2003) [http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/hughes20060327/ Saving Human Rights from the Human-racists] ".
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