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W&L's Nicolaas Rupke on WMRA's “Virginia Insight”

Ants practice democracy … penguins are monogamous … bonobos honor female sensitivity. If animals do it, does that mean humans should?

That’s what Nicolaas Rupke, the Johnson Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, discussed when he appears on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show on Thursday, May 3.

Nicolaas, who joined the W&L faculty in January, has researched two centuries of arguments over whether animal behavior should be used to justify humanity morality, including such issues as slavery, the divine right of kings and more.

Listen to the show below:


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