Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling


It is orthodox to suppose that very few, if any, nonhuman animals are persons. The category “person” is restricted to self-aware creatures: humans (above a certain age) and possibly some of the great apes and cetaceans. I argue that this orthodoxy should be rejected, because it rests on a mistaken conception of the kind of self-awareness relevant to personhood. Replacing this with a sense of self-awareness that is relevant requires us to accept that personhood is much more widely distributed through the animal kingdom.

Author Biography

Mark Rowlands is Professor of Philosophy at University of Miami. He studies the philosophy of mind, ethics and moral psychology. Mark has written 18 books, including Animal Rights (Macmillan 1998), The Environmental Crisis (Macmillan, 2000), Animals Like Us (Verso, 2002), The Philosopher and the Wolf (Granta, 2008), and Can Animals be Moral? (Oxford, 2012). http://www.as.miami.edu/phi/people/

Article Thread

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Irvine, Leslie (2016) The person and the self as social accomplishment Animal Sentience 2016.136

King, James E. (2016) Animal personhood is an evolutionary issue Animal Sentience 2016.139

Benvenuti, Anne (2016) Evolutionary continuity of personhood Animal Sentience 2016.141

Rowlands, Mark (2016) Consciousness and the unity of mind Animal Sentience 2016.144

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Barone, Pamela and Gomila, Antoni (2016) In what sense are you a person? Animal Sentience 2016.146

Andrews, Kristin (2016) The psychological concept of “person” Animal Sentience 2016.147

Gennaro, Rocco J. (2016) Unconscious higher-order thoughts (HOTs) as pre-reflective self-awareness? Animal Sentience 2016.148

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