Non-human (also written nonhuman) is a term used to refer to non-human actors. Its use marks a shift in how the role of humans is perceived and discussed. Rather than traditional perceptions of humankind as a superior species, the term is used to highlight that humans co-exist with other living species and are embedded within complex systems that support their survival on Earth.[1]

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  1. ^ Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues By Alasdair MacIntyre pp. 60, "Those who have wanted to draw a single sharp line between human and nonhuman animals have commonly laid emphasis upon the presence or absence of language as such, the ability to use and to respond to strings of syntactically ordered and semantically significant expressions whose utterance constitutes speech acts. But this is insufficient for human rationality. What is needed in addition.."

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