Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

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Mark Rowlands, Are animals persons?


Rowlands’s case for attributing personhood to lower animals is ultimately convincing, but along the way he fails to highlight several distinctions that are crucial for his argument: Personhood vs. personal identity; the first person vs. its mental episodes; and pre-reflective awareness in general vs. one specific case of it.

Author Biography

Tony Cheng is a PhD candidate in philosophy at University College, London. His research is on the relation between object cognition and spatial representation. http://philpapers.org/profile/91700