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

Rowlands, Mark (2016) Are animals persons?. Animal Sentience, 10(1)

Woodruff, Michael L. (2016) Implicit mental processes are an improbable basis for personhood. Animal Sentience, 10(2)

Brakel, Linda A.W. (2016) Animals are agents. Animal Sentience, 10(3)

Cheng, Tony (2016) Why animals are persons. Animal Sentience, 10(4)

Broude, Gwen J. (2016) Who is a person? Whoever you want it to be. Animal Sentience, 10(5)

Jürgens, Uta M. (2016) Universal modes of awareness? A “pre-reflective” premise. Animal Sentience, 10(6)

Monsó, Susana (2016) The moral dimension of pre-reflective self-awareness. Animal Sentience, 10(7)

Rollin, Bernard E. (2016) Unity of consciousness in animals. Animal Sentience, 10(8)

Benz-Schwarzburg, Judith (2016) What do we owe animals as persons?. Animal Sentience, 10(9)

Benz-Schwarzburg, Judith (2016) From thinking selves to social selves. Animal Sentience, 10(10)

Irvine, Leslie (2016) The person and the self as social accomplishment. Animal Sentience, 10(11)

King, James E. (2016) Animal personhood is an evolutionary issue. Animal Sentience, 10(12)

Benvenuti, Anne (2016) Evolutionary continuity of personhood. Animal Sentience, 10(13)

Rowlands, Mark (2016) Consciousness and the unity of mind. Animal Sentience, 10(14)

Howe, Alex (2016) “HOT” so fast. Animal Sentience, 10(15)

Barone, Pamela and Gomila, Antoni (2016) In what sense are you a person?. Animal Sentience, 10(16)

Andrews, Kristin (2016) The psychological concept of “person”. Animal Sentience, 10(17)

Gennaro, Rocco J. (2016) Unconscious higher-order thoughts (HOTs) as pre-reflective self-awareness?. Animal Sentience, 10(18)

Steward, Helen (2016) Animals aren’t persons, but is it time for a neologism?. Animal Sentience, 10(19)