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anthropomorphism

 [an″thro-po-mor´fizm]
the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman beings and objects.

an·thro·po·mor·phism

(an'thrō-pō-mōr'fizm),
Ascription of human shape or qualities to nonhuman creatures or inanimate objects. Compare: theriomorphism.
[anthropo- + G. morphē, form]

anthropomorphism

/an·thro·po·mor·phism/ (an″thro-po-mor´fizm) the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman objects.

anthropomorphism

[an′thrəpōmôr′fizəm]
Etymology: Gk, anthropos, human, morphe, form
the assignment of human shapes and qualities to other animals.

an·thro·po·mor·phism

(an'thrŏ-pō-mōr'fizm)
Assignment of human shape or qualities to nonhuman creatures or inanimate objects.
[anthropo- + G. morphē, form]

anthropomorphism

Attributing human characteristics to the diety, to inanimate objects, animals, or phenomena. Because of our experiential limitations and need to find explantions, however unsatisfactory, we commonly resorts to an anthropomorphic concept of anything transcendental.

anthropomorphism

the attribution of human characteristics to animals other than man.

anthropomorphism

the tendency to attribute human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects.
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Burghardt and De Waal, like Griffin before them, point to examples of surprising complexity and human-like social behaviors, such as deception, as supporting the application of "critical" or "animal-centered" anthropomorphism.
In suggesting that we use critical anthropomorphism to evaluate animal suffering in the laboratory, we must clearly recognize that there are differences among animals and between animals and humans, that there is much that we do not understand about the nature of animal suffering, and moreover, that the differences and lack of understanding often become more significant the further (in evolutionary terms) one moves away from humans.
The Onkelos translator replaces the anthropomorphisms with "It has been revealed before Me" instead of "I have seen," and "their cry has been heard before Me" instead of "I have heard.
Just as he fails to see that the teleology and anthropomorphism that Spinoza shows to be fundamental to superstition define ancient metaphysics, not biblical religion, so the doctrines that he ascribes to Christianity are infused with ancient metaphysics: a transcendent (supernatural) God, the subordination of desire (will, human agency) to the good, the concept of life in this world as but a means to the next life as its end, and religious morality as externally imposed.
The very prohibition against anthropomorphism, Oerlemans provocatively asserts, may itself function as an instrument of anthropocentrism by turning the nonhuman "into an otherness subservient to human needs" (69).
Throughout the history of medicine and psychology the scientific community as a whole had given no meaningful credence to the concern of mental health in animals, often simply dismissing it as naive anthropomorphism.
One comes away from Swartz's study with an understanding that the Hanbali madhhab was not ideologically monolithic; far from it, the debate over anthropomorphism was raging in Ibn al-Jawzi's day, with tempers heated on all sides.
Our opposition to downing dogmeat can't be based solely on the drooling anthropomorphism that makes us endow Man's Best Friend with human qualities.
Mainly this is ignorance of the ways of the countryside, but others are driven by class envy, vegetarianism or absurd anthropomorphism.
What results is a resilient anthropomorphism endemic to monotheism.
Though it does not have the sensuous impact of Imre Makovecz's memorable Hungarian pavilion at Seville (AR June 1992 -- sadly Makovecz seems to have resorted to self-parody in much of his recent work), Gyorgy Vadasz's compact, sculptural building has detectable overtones of Makovecz's romantic anthropomorphism.